Theorising the project
My first sculpture project, skeletons, focuses on the divide between subjectivity and objectivity; more specifically, skeletons focuses on the way in which subjects perceive their physical identity in a flawed sense and thus it becomes a barrier to objectivity. Thematically, this project is closely linked in terms of my currently developing creative practice project in that I would like to explore in the way in which subjects understand their own physical identity in context of culture.
Following my previous project (designing a paper shoe) I began by experimenting with different coloured inks, developing techniques such blind and continuous line drawing. My selected initial ink works are shown below.
Finalising the sculpture
Researching certain sculptors, namely Diana Dias-Leao, I was prompted to translate the principle of my ink drawings onto glass. Working with the concept of a juxtaposition of fragility and strength I was able to produce a number of glass works with the intention to represent a subjects perspective of their female body that they perceived to be somewhat damaged.
The words inscribed into the (above) clay mould are taken from the Jeffrey Lewis song ‘Broken, Broken, Broken Heart,’ which utilises glass as a metaphor for pain. Specifically, I chose Jeffrey Lewis lyrics because of the sense of irony in his songs and a dichotomy between ‘happy’ and ‘sad.’
Below is an image of my exhibition, which consists of glass/copper torso and collages, wire, and ceramic by-products.
Lewis, J. (2009) Broken, Broken, Broken Heart [Jeffrey Lewis Site] Available from: http://www.thejeffreylewissite.com [Accessed 10 November 2013]
Dias-Leao, D. (2013) Diana Dias Leao [Just Glass] Available from: http://www.just-glass.co.uk/#/diana-dias-leao/4529444010 [Accessed 10 November 2013]