Last September I was a late sign up for a class at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI). I was relieved to get in and thankful now because it was such an interesting class. I wasn’t much of an abstract art person, and this class was all about abstract design. The course was 3 Dimensional Design taught by James Morrill.
Our first project was to create an abstract of a cable-stayed bridge. My maquette was too literal, but I finally got the hang of it. I used sticks and vines from trees in my yard and thin gauge wire to hold the structure together.
The next project was an abstraction of a vortex. Materials used were simply cardboard, an exacto knife, and a glue gun. Cardboard is difficult to control and the hot glue typically would drip on my unsuspecting fingers, ooze out of seams, just making a general mess.
For the third project we were asked to find pictures of things in nature such as seed pods with odd patterns and textures. The material used was ceramic clay and clay tools. We did not have to fire the piece; however I did and later brought the bisque pieces to Mudstone Studio in Warren, RI for a raku workshop.
For the final project the class watched a series of videos and still images of some very diverse artists. We were to create packaging for an imaginary product. After much thought and angst, I chose to create packaging for the emotion anxiety. I initially had a structure that looked like a brain, again too literal in translation. My final piece is a section/slab with neurons, axons, and dendrites out of control. One neuron cell body has exploded and lies on the slab. I have yet to glaze this piece…any color suggestions?