David Thomas (UK) - 1: Mirror Image 1, 2013 2: Mirror Image 2, 2013 Paintings: Oil on Canvas
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Development pieces for my final sculpture outcome.
Here you can see clearly where I continued the hand and chain motif and the marquette shows an idea of what I wanted to create in the metal workshop. The merged images is also where I gathered my ideas for layering and adding transparent material to suggest presence.
This was the final outcome for my development in Sculpture. My inspiration for this piece was based on merged photographs I had taken at Crammond Beach that I really liked. What also inspired me was my first installation i created with wooden and found objects. I wanted to incorporate these merged images into a 3 dimensional sculpture and so, looking back at my photographs I found a reoccurring theme, a mannequin hand and a chain. This stood out most to me as it was bolder than any of the other images and I could develop this more within working with metal.
After creating my metal sculpture, it seemed a bit bland and boring. There were 5 metal rods to represent fingers and 4 linked hoops to represent a chain. They were just there, and didn’t really show anything interesting. After a little guidance, a different view and perspective, I decided to bend my metal sculpture and see what I could create… I bent the rectangle base in half so it was at a 45 degree angle. The chain then came apart from the base. I then continued to bend the rods so they looked like they were grasping the chain and this gave me something to hang the chain from.
After I was happy with my metal sculpture I decided it needed a boost to make it more interesting. I looked back at my development images and continued with my merging theme and layers. I was given a small box room and hung up white sheets of material. I also shone a light on my metal sculpture so that it would cast shadows on the material behind creating a layered effect inside the room. I also placed a torso and head of a mannequin behind the material so that there was a sense of human presence - which was my initial theme to begin with.
Overall I was quite impressed with my final outcome, I was set on the boring bland sculpture to begin with and after hearing someone else’s opinion I wanted to make it a stronger piece. Without that opinion I don’t think I would have developed it as much as I had on the day of the presentation. The layers create an erie presence which I really enjoy as others felt it too when they were viewing it, the shadows that were cast also give off a strong and bold viewing experience as you could lift the spotlight and move it around for different effects.