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“Labyrinth”

Statement of Intent-

“Labyrinth,” a wall piece composed of dryer lint and wire, has an uneasy overtone to it. When people think of dryer lint they image softness. However, when they move in to touch the piece they see what looks to be barbed wire. Their reaction to touch the piece is soon squashed by the fear of being cut. This piece also represents an untraditional recording of history. In every strand of dryer lint there are representations of not only the person who wore the clothing being washed, but also of their daily activities. If the viewer were to look closely they can find the dog owner, the person with short hair, the person who entered a raffle, the person with the bad habit of leaving paper in their pockets and the compulsive person who separates their clothing by color.

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“Home Is Where The <3 Is”

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“Home Is Where The Heart Is,” a loom crossed-stitched with dryer lint, is a feminist piece due to the materials and the girly color pink. Being hinged to the wall, the piece lends itself to be examined by the viewer from the front and the back, seeing the process and the finished product. The piece connects the mother doing the family’s laundry with the mother sitting in the rocking chair cross-stitching with this delicate “thread.” Therefore this heart-warming proverb is a product of her family’s lifestyle and an indirect representation of her family.

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Keep em’ Rollin’

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First Documentation of a master piece!

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Thank you Erwin Wurm for being my inspiration!

I am going to make a one-minute sculpture, inspired by Erwin Wurm.  Below is the letter I am sending to EVERYONE I know!  If you see this, you do it too!!!!

Directions:  Follow the steps below verbatim.

1.    You are going on a two-day, one night trip to Florida.  Make a pile of the following items:

•    2 outfits
•    1 set of pajamas
•    2 pairs of socks
•    2 days worth of undergarments
•    1 or 2 pair(s) of shoes
•    Nice outfit to go out to dinner in
•    Bathroom products (i.e. toothbrush, toothpaste, sunscreen, hair product, hair brush, make-up, etc)
•    Jewelry
•    Bathing suit
•    Sunglasses/hat
•    Light jacket

2.    Pull out your carry-on bag and place it opened on the floor.
3.    Put on every article of clothing in your travel pile.
4.    Hold the non-clothing items (i.e. toothbrush, sunscreen, etc) in your arms or between your legs.
5.    Step inside of your carry-on bag.
6.    Have someone take a digital picture of you in this position.
7.    Email this picture to kbutl6no@umw.edu

News on “Hug, Laugh, Smile, Friendly, Unforgettable”

I won the Department Award in Mixed Media 😀

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“Letters to a Young Poet”

13867332.jpgOver Spring Break I had the privilege of reading “Letters to a Young Poet,” by Rainer Maria Rilke with the intention of relating it directly to art. My goal was easily gained from the start of the book.  Some parts of the book seemed as if they were speaking directly to me or setting new light upon my previous methods and habits.

Rilke says, “Go inside yourself. Discover the motive that bids you [art], examine whether it sends its roots down to the deepest placed of your heart, confess to yourself whether you would have to die if [art] were denied to you.” I don’t want to think about dying if art were denied to me, but it would leave apart of me empty. Art is one of my loves and without it I would have an undeniable broken heart. This quote also made me wonder what does motivate me? It used to be largely the fact that I needed an A but now in the Spore Collective I think the class, atmosphere and my new passion for art motivates me. I’ve always loved art but now I have a deeper understanding and appreciation for it.

This next passage I am still working on in my own art, but I do believe I am making some progress: “…you will not think to ask anyone whether they are good [art pieces]…you will see in them your own dear genuine possession, a portion and a voice of your life.” I used to check my artwork step by step with someone to make sure I was on the right track and doing a great job. This semester has loosened me up and allowed me to trust my own judgment and be able to make the calls for myself.

This ties directly into the next portion that touched me; it said, “Let your judgments have their own quiet, undisturbed development, which must, like all progress, come from deep within, and cannot in any way be pressed or hurried.” I am working on developing this skill of creating my own judgment and then trusting it. According to this, I just need time.

One of my bad traits in the art world is my doubt, but according to Rilke, “…your doubt can become a good quality if you train it. It must become aware, it must become criticism. Ask it, whenever it wants to spoil something for you, why something is ugly, demand proofs from it, test it, and you will perhaps find it helpless and nonplussed, perhaps also aggressive. But do not give it away…” Last semester I called everything I made ugly so this semester I am working on training my doubt so it can turn into useful criticism.

And at the end of the day all you need to remember is …

“Believe me: life is right, at all events.”

BEAR!

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Statement of Intent:
“Bear,” branching off of “Hamster Fanfare,” measures 10 ¾” x 5” x 5 ¼” and is made from chicken wire, packing tape and dryer lint. The theme of “Bear” was quickness, just like little animals are often considered, and this quickness led to the choice in materials. “Bear” has a simple appearance to her, with a translucent body, an extremely long tail and no eyes. Her ears are made from Easter basket confetti, allowing the ears to stand out from the rest of the body.

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Map of “Hug, Laugh, Smile, Friendly, Unforgettable”

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Statement of Intent:
“Hug, Laugh, Smile, Friendly, Unforgettable” is a map of the United States of America, made from wood and broken ornament pieces.  The words “Hug,” “Laugh,” “Smile,” “Friendly,” “Unforgettable” are translated into the various languages spoken in the United States and written in different handwritings, on different colored ornament pieces.  Depth is created in the map by the assorted heights of the nails.  Hug, laugh, smile, friendly and unforgettable are beautiful words and should be put into practice all across the United States!


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