Preverbal Sculpture





Wire Post

For my preverbal sculpture, I created my version of my great grandfather’s wooden swing that he built. The structure he built was dilapidated,  crooked, and when you would sit on it, the chipping paint would itch the bottom of your legs, but that’s what I loved about it.

I made the swing out of wire and twine to evoke the malleability of the structure and it’s organic shape.  For the two posts on each side of the swing, I wove twine around the wire arches to enhance the battered nature of the piece and to make it look solid from the front. When the viewer looks at the structure from the side, they can see that the posts are hollow to further add to the narrative of its dilapidation. For the swing part of the sculpture, I made two pieces of wire in a zig-zag pattern  to mimic the slats from the original swing. Then, I tied pieces of twine onto the wire and frayed the edges to elicit the feeling of when I sat on the swing.

One thought on “Preverbal Sculpture

  1. Emily,
    Your description is quite complete, even though your object speaks for itself! Your Swing sculpture is as haptic as you recall, with considered attention to both structure and surface, front and side, solving the problems of making it stand. Well done!
    Grade: A
    Thank you,
    Pr. Rachel Youens

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