This piece has transformed itself many times since it’s conception. It was going to be excerpts from “carefree” songs (such as those by Jack Johnson) with a torso-esque figure attached to the wall doing a shoulder dance. For awhile it was going to be powered by a tape player motor. I tried making an armature out of lego’s and erector set, wood and pully’s. Each of these things hit it’s own road blocked and pushed me into the direction of this final piece. It was critiqued last week Tuesday before we left for Thanksgiving break.
I’ve got a fly on a string in my head. My drawings have repeatedly included this image of lightbulbs with a swarm of flies buzzing around them. I decided to attempt this mental image in three dimensions. It has been quite a process. I ordered fly larva online (aka magets), waited for them to hatch and then attached string to the legs of any fly I possibly could (not easy). The result is much of what I had hoped it would be:
That is not the official title of this work, I just needed to call it something so this is the working title. This piece which is 4x12x2.5″ consists of pepper, a feather, a wooden encasement with a motor inside. I was thinking about sensations when I made this piece. Tickling, sneezing, flitting…
My second critique included these seven time and labor intensive pieces. Out of interest for discarded materials, packaging, waste, and the strange properties and purposes of styrofoam, I deconstructed and reconstructed a block of styrofoam into these small organic forms with a needle and black thread (approximately 2×2 inches each). Their extreme lightness was exposed by the way these pieces reacted to the air and movement around them allowing the viewer to play an active role in the piece.
(Installation shot of hand sewn styrofoam forms hanging from black thread)