Space/Materiality: Exercise 1: Wire

For this assignment I chose to work with a Vans classic old skool shoe. I chose this shoe because it is a shoe that I wear often and it is a simple sneaker design. This shoe design is very popular at the moment so wearing this shoe gives me a belonging to the community. When I wear this shoe I can connect with people who wear it too and create an unspoken relationship.

To create my shoe I tried to use a variation in line quality. I used three different types of line thickness and used the different wires to build different parts of the shoe. If I would recreate my sculpture I would redesign the shoe laces as I don’t think they exactly mirror the design of the real ones. Though I think the general shape and design of my shoe is pretty accurate and the sense of space it takes up is good too.

Reflecting on ‘The Stranger’ and ‘Travelling’

I am a stranger to the New school, to the city and to the people I see on the streets, as they are strangers to me. I have been faced with the ‘identity’ of a stranger many times and as a stranger one questions the norms of the environment in which they are placed in. They try to understand the norms of that environment and try to fit in by following them.

After reading The Traveller by Grace Paley in class we discussed ethics and how ethics and morality shifts from one person to the next. I consider it ethical to express yourself in a way in which you are not harming others. Art is a form of self expression though as all forms of expression one must be considerate of others when putting forth ideas. Grace Paley at the end of her short text goes against the norms and expresses her own ethical beliefs when she carries this child. She humanises the child and shows her moral centre.

Where is home?

When people ask me “Where do you feel most at home?” I tend to reply with an awkward ‘I have many homes’ or ‘I don’t have a specific home’ but these answers have never really fulfilled me. My whole life I have pondered over this idea of ‘home’ and have come to the conclusion that home is where my dogs are. My family tends to move around frequently, but my dogs they stay in one place with either my mom or my dad and that place is where I would consider my home. At this exact moment my home is in Belgium.