Monday, September 22, 2014

New ideas

I can't believe we're already at the Mid-Term mark, I'm not quite sure how that happened....holy cow!  After my last mentor meeting with Renée, she encouraged me to take my cocoons out in the world and photograph them in different locations to better understand where they fit in the world. I loaded them up in the car and took them with me wherever I went, it was pretty funny sometimes but we had some good conversations during our rides.  Doing this has given me some new ideas and thoughts about where these cocoons belong and what step might be next for the work which is making me feel pretty excited about the upcoming months.  Although, I've been really struggling with feeling as if I'm all over the place, I think things are starting to come into focus.  As I resolve the new pieces I will begin to post them but for now here are some of the pics of my cocoons.

Monday, September 1, 2014

More experiments

The research for the Critical Theories Response paper has given me some ideas that are rolling over in my mind and will inform the upcoming semester.  I'm not quite sure where these ideas will lead but conversations with Deborah, Renée, and classmates have allowed some new paths to emerge.

The idea of shame is a large topic which almost feels too daunting to tackle but through these past couple months, doing research, I've come to believe that shame resides within liminal spaces which gives it the power to create a tremendous level of discomfort within each of us.  Although shame is found in these places of "liminality" this is also where transformation occurs, if we choose to allow it to unfold. Therefore, the need to wrap, stitch, and place items within a "cocoon" symbolizing transition and transformations.  The questions that have been raised...What's happening on the inside and how will it emerge?

Anyway, here are some of my experiments....

This larger piece is in the early stages and will need to be coated, painted, and wrapped.

 These images are a continuation from the last post.

an experiment with latex, wire, and cheesecloth

experimenting with casting paper