Thinking Large, Working Small

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

These are a series of photos of my most recent works.  While I have spent the last couple months working at a rather large scale for my fiber sculptures, I have decided to work a tad smaller and focus my thoughts on different types of making processes.  These photos are those of my works done in plaster, which were cast from molds that were taken from fabric dipped in wax.

In addition to exploring my material usage and scale, I’ve also begun delving into different branches of my concept.  While the woobie to which I refer is known as a comfort item, those in psychology refer to this item as the transitional object.  Through this process of making I have looked and treated the transitional object as a symbol of the human brain.  In the studies I have done thus far, the transitional object proves to be rather imperative to the mental development of children.  I wanted this project to serve as a physical example of the possible mental side effects due to a lack of that transitional object during times of anxiety.  The photo at the top shows “Mental Faculties”, 2014.  It is a set of four smaller scale sculptures that focus on the breakdown of the mind during anxiety attacks. I used a cast of the woobie to serve as the mind and also as the transitional object.  Plaster seemed to be the medium of choice as it is brittle and gave me the outcome for which I was hoping: a crumbling, fragile work.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Mental Faculties, 2014. Plaster.

Another work I have fabricated over the past couple days takes on a more abstract shape of the brain.  This work, “Mental Delapidation”, 2014, shows the brain and the effects of anxiety that can happen in the mental processes.  Anxiety leaves the victim feeling warn down, broken, and stained in a sort of way.  I wanted this sculpture to embody these feelings while still showing the transitional object in place of the brain for abstraction.

"Mental Delapidation", 2014. Plaster.

“Mental Delapidation”, 2014. Plaster.

Another view of the work:

"Mental Delapidation", 2014. Plaster.

“Mental Delapidation”, 2014. Plaster.

For more thoughts on this topic, I’ll be posting my senior thesis in the near future, so please keep an eye out.    Also, follow my process more closely on Instagram: artistinspired0217

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