Industrial Strength Dreamcatcher
These recent weeks have been productive but exhausting! Thesis is my main focus, I have 7 completed and 2 in progress out of 10 right now. I will be posting all 10 of my Thesis pieces right as soon as its all completed, so keep checking back!
THE INDUSTRIAL STRENGTH DREAMCATCHER
The Industrial Dream Catcher is a project I just completed today. If you dont already know, I have had almost nothing but nightmares for as far back as I can remember. I figured that I must need an industrial strength dreamcatcher! The guidelines given (from the course) were described as “a vessel” that addresses natural and artificial objects inspired by the natural and artificial parts of the Presidio here in San Francisco. I crafted it entirely from scratch, using man made materials in an organic style.
The complete artist statement and more project details can be found after the photos.
To the Left: In true all nighter expression
The evolution of this project is represented
The Industrial Sized Dream Catcher
Ever since childhood I have had a consistent barrage of horrific nightmares every night. It seemed the only way to be protected was by an industrial sized dream catcher. This vessel that I have created is based on traditional dream catchers, but I have taken mine several steps further following the inspirational visit to the Presidio in San Francisco.
My original inspiration came mainly from a pink tipped Aloe Succulent Plant as well as the spider webs (seen in my inspirational photos). I made the overall shape a spiral and the contour, after a bell shaped pink flower to give it a natural reference. Even though it is an Industrial Dream Catcher I felt it needed to still be connected to natural shapes in order for it to work.
The Industrial Dream Catcher is meant to play between the artificial and the natural. Although the idea of dream catchers is a human creation, it relies on natural objects. This one however is made of man-made materials crafted from scratch with an attention to organic structure. This combination breeds interest in its hypothetical ability to actually catch bad dreams. Does the power come from the natural earthy objects used or does it surface with anything we have connected to whether naturally occurring or man-made?
It is my hypothesis is that the energy I put in to create this piece will give it significance and effectiveness even with its distance from natural materials. For example, carefully searching for and attaching just the right feathers in the wild creates an intimate energy and connection between the creator, nature and the vessel itself. My hope is that my energy is contained within my Industrial Dream Catcher from the relationship I forged from scratch will fuel its absorbing and protective powers.
Started out with my own photos as inspiration:
The mock-up was created as a test for materials and over all design:
The separate parts made for the final, larger piece.
I started with aluminum foil for the armature and layered plaster of paris with coats of matt varnish to smooth it all down. Fine wire mesh was used for the base shape of the feathers and the petals. I also hand dyed my own string to match the colors I wanted to by dipping them into an acrylic/watercolor and water mixture. I ended up with about 4 different colored string groups that I tied over the white string and black tape, along with connecting the feathers to the piece.
The Final Product:
Other materials: Black masking tape, Montana Gold (amazing paint), hot glue, wire and white paint. Let’s hope it works!
That’s it for today, keep on coming back for new updates, projects and the sweet sweet Sketch of the Week!
Remember to watch out for the youtube comedy webseries “Remote Control” coming out soon. Myself and my partner in crime Jessica Lee got our first photoshoot done this last weekend and we are well on our way into the first few episodes!
Here is a quick shot taken after our first official reading in front of a live audience on stage, with me as an SVU cop!
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