Transformation of everyday objects through non-traditional materials
transform |transˈfôrm| verb
Make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of:
noun |ˈtransfôrm | the product of a transformation.
Your objective in this project is to transform and reconstruct everyday object using non-traditional materials and processes of construction. The use of unconventional materials will enhance or draw your audience/viewer’s attention to the object’s significance and characteristics. Transform this object through the use of new materials and processes into work of art that poses further questions about the object's function and its place in our culture and life.
Look around your home, work, places you frequent and start examining all the objects you come in daily contact with. Ask your self what is their significance for your, how important the object is personally, how attach to the object are you, does it change your life or how different your life would be without it?
Based on your observation and examination, select an everyday object that has significance or which perhaps you may be passing by daily and have not really considered until now. Reflect on the object’s personal, cultural, historical, popular or political significance, meaning and function.
Based on your analysis of the object choose non-traditional material to recreate the object with, material that will change, contrast or enhance the object visually and conceptually. For example your object is made out of metal, what it would look, feel and function if you recreate it from wood fabric clay or paper mache?
Before starting, make several (3 or more) sketches showing various ideas and examining the concept from various directions and points of view., Considering the materials and how the new materials you use inform the work. What is the new material regular use or function, how they will add or effect the objects functional and esthetic quality, what is the history of its use?
As artists, you have many choices to make. What is your subject? What material(s) will you use? How big the work will be? How will you make your work original and exciting for your audience? What construction process will best suit the work? What is the title? What reaction you like to get from your audience. What you like to get from the work for your self?...
Consider formal as well as conceptual elements:
Formal elements: line, shape, color, texture, proportions.
Conceptual elements: Objects original use, history of the object, value, and cultural significance. …
Size: no smaller then 12”x12”x12”x12”
Possible materials but not limited to: fabric, metal, plastic, wood, cardboard, felt, yarn, glass, other mixed-media.
Possible construction processes: sewing, bolting, riveting, knitting, knotting, gluing, … .
Project has to be installed and ready for class critique before class starts.
The extent of transformation of the original object.
The use of new non-traditional materials to transform the object.
Fabrication, connections and attention to detail.
Consideration of formal and conceptual elements in making your work.
Challenge of the artwork.
Presentation of the artwork.