Final Piece Part 2

So here is it, months of tights stuffing and allergy attacks have finally lead me here. To my life-sized, Tight-zilla, intestine monster.

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How I displayed my sculpture actually came from the action of hanging it. I may have had an idea in my head of how i wanted it to look but the end result was different, and actually better than i had imagined. I like how the sculpture stands in the stature of a person, after all, the sculpture itself does have human-like qualities with its shapes and texture.

The addition of fishnet tights subtly suggest gender and erotica in a disgusting, sexless way. I consciously arranged the tights to give the suggestion of boobs. I also arranged a leg of tights that stood erect due to having a selfie-stick inside it to act as a penis. My audience can therefore apply their own thoughts of gender to this piece.

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Breasts

penis

Penis

The main idea behind this sculpture is the theory of inside vs outside, vanity vs health. Tights are used as filters for our legs and act as our skin in the piece. The stuffing acts as our insides, the fat and intestines and everything that we don’t see. My main question is, would we care about what we put inside our bodies if it didn’t show on the outside? I have forced the viewer to see whats underneath. I feel like it was important for the sculpture to be life sized to again suggest human-qualities, in an alien way.

My sculpture is the same size as me!

My sculpture is the same size as me!

I am lucky that i was able to display my sculpture in an open space that many students walk past. I want this piece to be tactile and inviting for its audience. I have seen many students being drawn to my sculpture and really wanting to feel it which I encourage. I have made signs that are displayed beside my work to show that the touching of my sculpture is allowed.

Please touch

Please touch sign

I have secretly filled my tights with hard objects such as stones, pens and a selfie-stick to give my audience a shock when they feel this sculpture. This again relates to the idea that we may not know whats going on inside our bodies as often, it doesn’t show on the outside.

Hidden stones in my tights

Hidden stones in my tights

Hidden selfie-stick

Hidden selfie-stick

So that is it. With the deadline on Monday I am finally finished with second year. It would be great to carry on this project throughout my next two years at university. Who knows, i could one day be able to make a tights sculpture the size of a house. Here’s hoping!

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Laying my Tights to Rest

As if things couldn’t get any stranger on the tights front, today I buried my tights. As I have been captivated by the human condition this semester and my tights are very reminiscent of the human body, I wanted to give them a human experience. I gave my tights the pleasure of being buried in a grave.

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Laying my tights to rest was fun but disturbing. Working with my sculpture I have realised it has living qualities. It grows, it changes shape, it lives, it dies. Maybe I have become quite attached to my sculpture, but i was almost saddened as I covered the tights with that last bit of soil. So much so that I reversed the action. I pulled parts of the tights back up from the ground in a true Freddy Krueger fashion. This might show my denial of my tights death, or perhaps my tights are not human at all but some sort of invincible alien, i wouldn’t be surprised.

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I then decided to take more pictures of my buried tights at night to give a more creepy and disturbing atmosphere. Graveyards are showed in the media as scary places and death is often seen as a disturbing act even though it is as natural as breathing. My sculpture provokes feelings of disgust with its unfamiliar yet human-like qualities and I aim to make my photographs the same. The photographs are like my prints, its not obvious what they are but the audience can feel the disturbed emotions and know there is something human about the works.

  

I am going to photoshop the most powerful images to make them stronger and more aesthetically pleasing. I will display the photographs alongside my prints and my sculpture for my final assessment.

Health Vs Vanity 

Alongside creating my prints I have still been working with my tights sculpture making it bigger and hopefully better! I want to create a sculpture that’s as large as my purse strings can handle. It has overtaken my space in my studio in uni and is growing out from under my desk like some sort of octopus monster.

I have been using watercolour to add pinks and blues to my sculpture making it look more alive with the colours that live under our skin.

I wanted the colours to represent our organs and veins and the tights to represent our skin. I have been playing about with the idea of Health Vs Vanity and how much humans would care about what we put inside our bodies if it didn’t show on the outside. The tights are acting as a skin that is failing to hide what is on the inside.

I also want to encourage my audience to touch my sculpture. Art can be tactile and interactive and I want human bodies to interact with my human-like sculpture. I plan on putting hard superficial objects such as beads, makeup and even a selfie stick hidden in the fluff in the tights. I want people to touch this sculpture expecting it to be very soft but to be surprised by what’s hidden underneath. This will relate to my Vanity Vs Health idea whereby what is underneath is not cared about if it is not seen (Sometimes).

I am going to carry on making my sculpture as large as I can and think about ways I can display this to make it as enticing to touch as possible. I am open to your suggestions.

Stuffing tights

So I recently took a trip to the recycling centre in Dundee to find some material I could use to stuff my tights. I purchased two pillows at a cheap price and used the wool from inside them to fill out the skin coloured tights.

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I then bought some rope and tied it around the tights to make some interesting shapes.

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My aim is to create a sculpture that represents the human body but does not obviously look like one. I am yet to decide on a gender or if this is even necessary. I am going to play about with stuffing different material into the tights to see how that would change the image of the sculpture. The wool makes the object look quite alive, like intestines or fat. The rope gives shape to the object and suggests confinement. I also might experiment with using alternatives to rope to shape the sculpture.

I am still in the early stages with this project but I am excited to start producing work and see how my sculpture will take shape.

Yesterday’s Toy of Tomorrow

This is my finished piece from my two week sculpture projected “the human condition”. I have used old “forgotten” electronics and drilled holes in the sides of them. I also used aluminium wire and wooden beads to create a beaded maze that are found in waiting rooms for children to play with. I wanted to express how reliant we are on technology even at a young age. We all crave the newest, best thing and completely forget about our old, less useful electronics that we appreciated so much when they first came out. I used the beaded maze concept to show the type of simple toys that used to amuse me when I was a child. I would use my imagination and have fun without any screens or instructions. I had a Nokia “brick” when I was young to contact my mother in emergencies and that was all. Today, children have mobile phones that can do so much, much more than they need. They play video games that require no imagination and I feel this stifles creativity in the young minds of those who are most open to the world. I have used metal wires and black beads to take away the playful look and make it look electronic itself. This is not a toy to be played with, it’s too late for that.

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Sculpture

The first brief of 2nd year fine art is called “the human condition” and yes they couldn’t have made it more open if they tried. I aim to start with my summer project that I created about how we deal with social media. I have been researching sculptors and after visiting the McManus galleries last week I was inspired by Eduardo Paolozzis exhibition. His sculptures are inspired by surrealism and his interest in modern machinery. I especially love “Japanese War God” 1958 which combines found objects to form new relationships with each other creating archetypes. I feel like I can relate to Paolozzis work and that a lot of my research about modern technology and how much it has taken over our lives really connects with this great piece of sculpture.

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