Wednesday, September 28, 2011

IP: Brainstorming and Idea Changes

So in the next step of my process I'm exploring different projects that play with my theme of the lost relationship between Man and Nature.
In my first attempt when I started this class, I had the vision of doing diorama-style sculptures representing an over fantasized model of a luscious natural landscape. I wanted to make the connection that nature or the idea of nature, that we as a generation constantly claim to "yearn" for or have an interest in, is very much a world widely thought about in our imaginations and fantasies more than anything. It's become a fantasy because we have such a disconnect from it in our daily lives and thus the idea lives in an area of our mind along with the other mysteries of life. You see the evidence of this strong connection to and canonization of natural environments in stories we've grown up with and media all around us today: Lord of the Rings, Narnia, Bambi, Avatar. This is also a constantly reoccurring theme in art, explored by many different artists: Mucha, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, Walton Ford, Tiffany etc.
As I began to play with the materials most commonly used in diorama nature scenes I began to realize that this particular project was not the concepts calling and would not do nature the justice it deserved. The representation was pretty juvenile and couldn't take humans out of a context they were already familiar with (hobby shop model making, and 3rd grade history projects).
So in order to stay away from the expected and the common I need to change scale, material, context and composition of my project. Back to the drawing board--new project plan.

Sunday, September 18, 2011


So, for the next year this blog is going to be dual purposed. The purposes won't vary much in content but the entries are going to be labled in 2 different categories. I've started school and IP is my 6 credit senior thesis art course. My only art course at that and is probably going to be the most important course I take in my undergraduate career. We are required to keep a blog of our progress for our instructors but I thought it would be cool to let you guys in on the workings as well.

I will being showing what small experiments I may be doing as well as keeping a log of work and artists that inspire me and articles that touch on topics I will be exploring. Hope you dig the content and that everyone else's semester is going swell'ly as welly!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

First Day of IP.

First day presentations: