So through all of my research and stumbling, I came to a point where I had made an extensive collection of words and thoughts that in the end gave me a feeling that I was nowhere closer to my goal of defining the “what” and “why” of the project. To say the least I was beginning to feel very frustrated and disappointed with myself. Then it came to me over the weekend when I was thinking about my car that had recently broken down. It seems as though my life has been trapped in this concept of two steps forward and one step back or one step forward and two steps back. I began to think of this project as a chance for me to actually channel that frustration in my life to the world and communicate through my work. I saw this as an opperntunity to create a series of autobiographical works that employ certain memories and experiences from my life that either constantly appear or memories that have shaped me. Below is a more recent version of my proposal. Indeed there still needs to be more to it, but at least for once in this project I feel like I’m getting somewhere. (or not…)
A series of autobiographical works that draw upon experiences, events, or themes in my life, illustrated through the medium of kinetic sculptures and installations.
I would like to create a set or series of autobiographical works. These works will be based on experiences, events, or themes in my own life I hold within myself, both reoccurring and not, that have affected me as a person and as an artist. To communicate these concepts, I will use the medium of kinetic sculpture and installations. I feel this medium is most appropriate to communicate these themes because for one I am most proficient at creating work of this manner and secondly because throughout nearly all of these themes my interests have dealt with the ideas, processes, and materials associated with creating kinetic work. Certainly I am not the first to do this, and so I have looked at artists like Arthur Ganson, Tim Hawkinson, and Janet Zweig for inspiration. Arthur Ganson in particular, derives many of his concepts from ideas or events in his own life and achieves a contemplative quality to his work that I very much admire.
I would like my work to first invite curiosity. While I am making these pieces as a sort of introspection and release for myself, I am creating these works mainly for an audience. I hope through this curiosity that individual(s) find connections to their own life that bring about memories and emotions. I want to leave it to the audience to take from it what they will, whether it would be humor, discomfort, empathy, or excitement. The piece has failed if someone is able to walk past without taking something from it.
I know how to do what I am proposing. The struggle will come with translating the concept to the form and function in the most appropriate way. For my projects I will be using the metals shops for the metal working, sculpture studio for painting, my studio for ideation and tinkering, and lastly the design lab as a further resource. To acquire my materials, I will look first through second hand stores like the reuse center or property disposition and later buy from places like ALRO Metals, All Electronics, or MPJA. To pay for them I will most likely rely on myself or grants if possible.
The project will ideally occupy space in a gallery, in particular a space like WORK gallery. I feel this kind of space and atmosphere would best suite the communication of my ideas.