Life is fragile because there are many circumstances that are out of our control. But in this unpredictable life, I do believe that there are many miracles that can occur from one small moment. As I was deciding to formulate my life story in this project, I choose to use plastic trimmings sealed into netting to create the infrastructure of the installation. To visualize my story, I used individual pieces of plastic to represent a “60 minute” segment of my life. I employed imagery of movement and left mark in this design to indicate all the places where I’ve lived through 67200 sq feet of plastic.
I moved around to many places in my lifetime, and these experiences changed me. Through this work, the reminiscence of moments is born again in my mind and gives me courage to move forward into the unknown.
Updated Thesis Project Proposal including:
1) Updated research question or statement.
How can I make installation pieces with fragile materials that express the concept that life is fragile and we can’t control it? Even though there is fragility in life’s many circumstances, there are still great miracles that can occur in one small movement.
The message I would like communicate is through project is memories in life. I have leaved 10 states in my life. I will attempt to demonstrate a visualization design of my whole life. Each piece of plastic will represent 1 hour of my life. It all started at birth with: 2,880 hours of Busan-Korea, 17,280 hours in Huntington-IN, 35,040 hours in Richmond-VA, 8,760 hours in Baltimore-MD, 4,368 hours in South Bend-IN, 17,520 hours in Rumford-ME, 35,040 hours in Potsdam-NY, and 17,520 hours in Columbus-OH. I want the viewer to see that one small piece of plastic represent of my life and memories and related with their own thought.
2) Documentation of work in progress
My original idea for my thesis project was to display the installation in a public space outside on CCAD campus. There were two main benefits to display the project outside. The first was to give me an open area to exhibit my project. The second was to give the school a
contribution to its use public space for the pedestrian community. I planned to use my project as an attractive for the school and draw people into the concept.
In the 2 sketches on the pages below, one can see the original plan for my project. In the second drawing, I was going to hang plastic from wires showing the names of all the places that I have lived. From an aerial view, the public would be able to see the words that the exhibit forms.
However, now I changed my plan and I am going to display my installation inside in a gallery space. I am still struggling to implement all my original ideas into reality.
3) Updated list of resources, labs, and specific instruction anticipated
Do Ho Suh korean artist
Gustav Metzger https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/gustav-metzger-7196 GIUSEPPE LO SCHIAVO – Urban Art Installation: Fluid Memories Ann Hamilton
– http://www.echelman.com TARGET SWOOPING V, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS, 2004
– Walter de maria
– Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist https://www.itsnicethat.com/news/mca-sydney-pipilotti-rist-040817 – James Turrell http://www.lucent-design.co.jp/works/
– Anna Torma
– Mikala Dwyer
– Hilarie Mais/Modern Currents at TarraWarra Museum of Art ‘The outcome cannot be predetermined; it evolves, it can be a surprise.’
– Artist: Cas Holmes of Maidstone, Kent, United Kingdom http://www.worldofthreadsfestival.com/artist_interviews/106_cas_holmes_13.html
– Christo and Jeanne-Claude
– Land artist
– Fabric artist
I am experimenting with the string standing waves movement to trying to give organic movement on my pieces.
– Standing Waves Part I: Demonstration – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gr7KmTOrx0
– Standing Wave video demo – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJbsCh2H2MA
– Standing Waves on String demo video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmGWvuqFqxQ – Standing Wave video demo- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqbld2has0Y
Specific instruction anticipated
Cup hole Rope
Hang my stuff New netting
4) Updated timeline of production goals
Nov 30th – thesis progress reviews 10:00am
Dec3 – 7th – finish Korea
Dec 10 – 14th – Bridgewater 2 years finish
Dec 17 – 21 – Potsdam work / test hanging – choose material and figured out get everything/ sketches for the shape what I want to do
Dec 24 – 28 – get my material
Dec 31- Jan 4th – finalize shape choose/ research
Jan 7 – 11th – research
Jan 14 – 18th – Potsdam finish
Jan 21 – 25th Columbus finish
Jan 28 – Fab 1st – test
Fab 4 – 8 – hanging
Fab 11 – 15 – hanging test
Fab 18 – 22
Fab 25 – Mar 1st March 4 – 8 March 11 – 15 March 18 – 22
March 25 Install – Thursday, March 28 – Thursday, April 4
Open – Friday, April 5
Exhibition on view through April 28
Oral defenses – April 5- April 26 (student scheduled)
Strike – Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30
Papers, images, and URL due – Sunday April 28
5) More developed discussion of theoretical and historical context for the work, including bibliography
The theoretical and historical context for my work came from applying structuralism or post structuralism to the work. In the magazine Philosophy Now, contributor John Mann states, “A simple explanation of structuralism is that it understands phenomena using the metaphor of language…a self-referential system…something behind the world of ‘appearance’…which not something we ‘discover’, or can ‘own’, or can ‘start from’, but a structure which society invents.”(fromhttps://philosophynow.org/issues/10/ A_Gentle_Introduction_to_Structuralism_Postmodernism_And_All_That) Mann seems to explain this philosophical term and gives good examples of this theory used in linguistics. However, I explored how both structuralism and post-structuralism as they are employed to the philosophy of art as well as my thesis piece.
Furthermore, as I continue to analyze both structuralism and post-structuralism, I found a other characteristics from In Methods and Theories of Art History by Anne D’Alleva. On page 128 of this research, the author states details thought process of structuralism: “Structuralists emphasize the fundamental nature of these binary divisions to human thinking, seeing them as part of the “deep” or hidden structure of human creations.” I think that the mentality of structuralism offers some immense resources to the world of art and the individual artist. By making use of of the concept of “a self-referential system” in my thesis project, I was able to significantly expand the content of the metaphors of my self-discovery. As a young artist, I developed proficiency in modernistic thought as an instrument in communicating significant connotations through my work.
In conclusion, I have personally increased my motivation in fine arts. Through analytical hypothesis and practical application on my graduate thesis, I have uncovered intriguing insights how the social sciences with a combination of philosophical foundations, empirical observation and applied methods can be exploited to critique and assimilate with art theory and practice. I believe my installation encompasses a personalized “self-referential system” that can offer the viewer self-reflection through the experiences in my life journey.
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