3 April 2012

the final triad

I have the final sign-up triad today with Niall, Alexandra and Kenny. I signed up in this group because i want to have some feedback for my sculptures from sculpture tutor. Kenny was the tutor in my first year project space. He gave me some constructive comments and direction of my sculpture-making(owl army) at that time so i thought it would be good to have some feedback from him for the bronze trash-making. The thing i like about triad is that it's always good to know other people's projects and works and i can get something new and distinct from others. However the role of observer always confused me. Personally i would like to say something that i really want to say. In addition, i need more time to digest and think about what people say and hopefully i can give them useful feedback. Due to lack of the background of contemporary art, i find triad is really difficult for me. Not to mention the problem of English, it is also hard for me to compose my speaking within limited time. Anyway, i tried my best.

We started with Alexandra's works, mine next and Niall was the last. My speaking was mainly about my plan for degree show because it is the final stage to me now. First of all, I explained my interest toward objects, daily life and memory and show pictures of my assembling plates which i am going to exhibit in degree show to them. These photos are the starting point of my sculptures. I used objects in my life to compose photographs and through this process, some meaningless things became meaningful. Led by this idea, I transformed the trash from cheap materials to bronze. I hope the process can also elevate the value of those trashy objects and give the audience something to think about. Bringing up the recycling or environmental issues is not my intention. I just want to give people some experiences of looking at something that they might overlook in their daily life. After the explanation of my works, I raised the questions about the colour of bronze and how to display them in the degree show. Also, I asked them about the connection between my photographs and sculptures. Being the audience, is there any relation between these two bodies of works to them?

They talked about the colour first. Kenny gave me this idea of using their original colours like yellow for banana or white for polystyrene box. It will be interesting because people may think these are real trash when they see from certain distance and find out these are not when they come closer to the bronze trash. He taught me to use acrylic to paint the bronze. I got comment from several colleagues that I should let them be in shiny gold. However it is almost impossible to do because i will lose every detail on them during the process. In addition, using gold for bronze somehow is predictable in a way. I guess it will make the idea too obvious and direct. I want to try the real colour of the object onto those bronze sculptures. In my imagination, the colour won't be vivid and it will look a little bit worn out on the contrary. In terms of display, kenny said they will work either on the plinth or on the ground. Somehow i prefer to display them on the floor because i think that is the nature of litter on the street. I got some several ideas now to place them. Some decisions need to be made soon!

I was really glad that i sign up for this final triad. I earned a lot! Thank you so much, Kenny, Niall and Alexandra!!!


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