Social Space: The Monument – Description and Goals

Social Space: The Monument

Description and Goals

 

Inspired by Henry Moore’s sculptures, I have designed a monument commemorating the birth of my younger brother. Just like Moore’s works are displayed in his beautiful home and garden in Hertfordshire, I would want to place my monument in a children’s garden in my hometown. The site I have chosen is the Pune-Okayama Friendship Garden, consisting of extended lawns and walkways that form a continuous and dynamic path through the entire garden. My brother has always loved visiting parks all over the world. Nothing makes him happier than playing in a free space with his friends and family. The Garden entertains all age-group visitors. It is a common go-to place for families to relax on the weekends. To commemorate his birthday, the best day of my life, in a place that he can let go and enjoy to his fullest is just what I want.

The design of the monument is an abstract representation of a picture that was clicked on his birthday. It consists of me holding my baby brother in my lap. Thus, the monument will have a top part symbolizing me, and a bottom depicting my brother. Keeping the concept of joy and fun in mind, I plan on making the sculpture curvy and smooth. Text will be incorporated in the bottom corner of the sculpture. It will be a subtle engraving of his birthday: 3rd September 2004, in his handwriting. Like Henry Moore’s works, there will be small holes carved out on the right sides of the top part and the lower part. These two circular structures represent and connect my heart and my brother’s face.  Along with plaster, I will be using plexiglass in the lower component of the structure. I plan on creating a box enclosing the lower part that represents my brother. This box is meant to symbolize my protectiveness for him. For the front, back and lower faces I will be using transparent plexi. Whereas for the top, right and left sides I will be using light blue transparent plexiglass. To attach the sides of the cuboid box to each other, I will be drilling several holes along each edge and then threading them together with baby blue thread. The transparency in the front and back will allow a clear view of the statue. I decided to add the color blue because it was all I could see after he was born. There were light-blue colored “It’s a Boy!” goodies all around our house. This entire monument is a semi-abstract symbol of my endless love and protective nature towards my little brother.

If this monument was to be made in its actual scale, I would use sturdier materials like bronze in place of the plaster and glass instead of plexiglass. The entire structure would be about 18-20 feet tall, placed in the aforementioned site.

Inhabited Space: The Body – Description and Goals (Updated)

Ghunghat (Indian Veil)

 

Description: I am creating a veil that will attach to my head. My cultural heritage is Indian and I am thinking specifically about a ghunghat (Indian veil).

 

An Indian bride wearing her ghunghat (veil)

 

Goals: I have chosen the combination of wire, fabric and wood to create this garment. My aim is to make a decorative veil that can be lifted up. I will be incorporating platonic solids in the front of my veil. Instead of using plain sheer fabric, I plan on making small-scale (2” sides) flat hexagons out of wire and enwrapping them in red-colored mesh fabric. To give it a third dimension, I will be adding triangular structures on top to make it look like half a diamond.  These hexagons will be vertically wired together in 2 columns and 3 rows. The top corners of the first row will be hooked on to a circular headband made out of wood. I will be making small wire rings to connect the hexagons onto the eye hooks screwed into the wood. The red spray-painted headband will rest on my forehead above ear level, going all the way around the back of my head. The mechanical aspect of this garment will be in the frontal wire structure. The wire frame will be movable so that it can be lifted up and above the headband like a hinge joint. This entire form will sit on my head, not as a hat but as a type of mask. The veil is expected to hide my face and then reveal it, once lifted. It semi-obstructs my vision and obviously the viewer’s view of my face.

An Indian woman wears a veil (ghunghat) during her wedding as well as after. It is worn as a way of showing respect to the elders. Some of the orthodox women from the rural areas wear the veil constantly because of the stereotypical dominant males. The men tend to intimidate them. Therefore, the veil is a sign of respect mixed with fear.

The constructed forms are meant to denote a female’s delicacy. The netted fabric in the small wire hexagons symbolizes elegance and shyness. The entire form being angular, signifies and simplifies its mechanical function. The fear and timidity is resembled when the veil is down. Uplifting the ghunghat would mean that she is comfortable enough with the people around, to let go of that shyness.

During the final critique, I will wear a white colored outfit which has full sleeves and full-length pants. It will relate to the piece in the way that Indian women don’t show a lot of their skin when dressed traditionally. This cultural belief is reflected in the timidity of Indian garments. Lastly, the color white will help bring out the red of the veil. It is also meant to complement the ghunghat’s daintiness and elegance.

Linear 2 Writing Reflection – “Proud”

For this assignment, I was given the emotion ‘proud’.

Proud /proud/ (adjective) – feeling deep pleasure or satisfaction as a result of one’s own achievements, qualities, or possessions or those of someone with whom one is closely associated.

Synonyms – pleased, glad, delighted

Antonyms – shameful, ashamed, unimpressed

When I hear the word ‘proud’, it conjures up the emotions of happiness, joy and content in my mind. It makes me think of celebration, excitement and rejoice.

The lines I drew for my symmetrical as well as asymmetrical drawings, were ones that showed dynamic extension upwards and bulging outwards. When you’re proud of yourself or of someone close to you, your head is held high in pride. The motions are directed upwards.

I did consider the works of Alexander Calder while working. The movement in his mobiles inspired me to try and give my models a kind of dynamic look. Ruth Asawa’s intricacy and the finesse in her lines helped me focus on improving my craftsmanship.

While working on my sketches, I found it easier to come up with a symmetrical drawing because I wanted to depict the motion of being raised up (hands). The asymmetrical ones took me longer to come up with. I focused on the image of bulging or swelling with pride.

Overall, this assignment was a very interesting approach to emotions through art and I thoroughly enjoyed it.