I wanted to play with perspectives and perception in Drowned. By exploring a common household fixture, the bathtub, I aim to conjure feelings of uncertainty, forcing the user into an uncomfortable world that actually becomes quite comical after absorbing it for a few moments. During the exhibition, I occasionally returned to check on the piece and noticed that viewers were shifting ducks around to reveal the mannequin’s nose and face, as if to give it air.
The piece includes a salvaged cast iron claw foot tub from the 1800’s, over 200 cast concrete ducks, one bronze investment cast duck and mannequin legs, head and a wig. It was displayed during the Materialists show at the Thomas Welton Gallery at Stanford from March 11 – April 27, 2014.
Taking a class called Kinetic Sculpture this quarter. This is how I made it.
We’re hosting debates for our students tomorrow in class so I made some prizes for the winners. Yes, that’s Dave Beach rastered onto birch ply.
As part of my interest in perspective, I wanted to display feet from below in a very real and visceral way. I scanned peoples feet using a flat bed scanner.
I wanted to make some custom ping pong paddles using maple, walnut and purple heart, laminating them and using a laser cut guide to route them to shape.
I’ve become slightly obsessed with erlenmeyer flasks. I love their shape. I used a diamond tipped Dremmel bit to cut off the base of one using a makeshift jig and then cast the flask in poly-urethane (gross) and then tried to pour concrete in. I built a really simple jig that I cut out of duron on the laser cutter and unfortunately it floated up into my mold as I poured the polyurethane. Rookie mistake. Iteration 2 coming soon. I want to make it into a lamp shade.
I’m using a diamond cutter on a Dremmel Flexi-Shaft and a jig I made really quickly out of plywood. And Quickclamps…