Thursday, February 5, 2015

Art Making is Weird

Eric is working on a rather large scale art installation project for an opening later this month. For those of you that may not know what this is, let me explain: an installation art project is an often site specific work of three dimensional art that aims to alter a space or location. So you can imagine that such a large project involves a lot of effort and planning.

Eric's piece is in conjunction with the college's Humanities Festival, the theme this year is Revolution. For Eric this was an exciting opportunity to share some big ideas---I will cover that and show his exhibit when it opens. For now I will say that The French Revolution plays a role in his concept. 

The thing about making art with a message is that it can be unsettling, intentionally so. Good art strives to make people think or feel. With that in mind Eric's project includes some rather bold imagery. 

Last night, along with our friend and local ceramics instructor, we worked on making skulls for the installation project.


We waited until after the girls were snug in their beds, although they certainly wouldn't be phased by this---part of growing up with artists for parents is that you are exposed to a lot of interesting stuff and skulls are just boring art stuff to them. 

We set up a long table and worked assembly line style. Mike and I filled the molds and then Eric worked on the individual skulls to make each one unique.


We talked about art and travel and plans as we worked with the clay. 


The evening was quite pleasant in spite of the rather large pile of skulls and jawbones that began to collect on our table. Sometimes art making is a weird process, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

1 comment:

Sarah Purdy said...

It's going to be so cool! Can't wait to check it out.

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