Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Second Day Noodle: Materials

 So let's talk about materials...and let's look at materials. Materials are kind of a big thing in art therapy. The physical interaction that certain materials require can be really connected to a client's emotional development, physical development, cognitive development, and how they interact with others in relationships, as well as how they view themselves.


Yevgeniya Kaganovich
Grow
2012-2014
plastic bags




I saw a few pieces today at the Haggerty Museum of art that got me thinking about materials again and the many ways the client artist can use them. In the show Aesthetic Afterlife there are plenty of pieces that test what can be done with different materials. "Grow", by artist Yevgeniya Kaganovich, is made completely from plastic bags. She takes plastic bags from recycle bins and makes them into an ever growing sculpture.


Yevgeniya Kaganovich
Grow
2012-2014
plastic bags

Hongtao Zhou used found chairs and belts to create a sculpture of a bull head.


Hongtao Zhou
Reconstituted
2011
wooden chair parts and belts


Niki Johnson took orphaned plates that had been separated from their original set, and sandblasted and refinisheed them, giving them a whole new identity individually, and as a group.


Niki Johnson
Nest Egg
2013
altered commemorative plates and gold leaf


Niki Johnson
Nest Egg
2013
altered commemorative plates and gold leaf


What material are you most comfortable with? How would your way of working with the material have to change to in order to make it uncomfortable and challenging? My most comfortable material is clay and I'm used to hand building and slip casting. Since clay is such a malleable material while it's wet and unfired, and it's such a strong material once it has been fired, I would be out of my comfort zone if I were working with bone dry unfired clay as the material for a finished piece...Maybe that's the next step I need to take to help my relationship with that material continue to grow...hmmm....

With what material are you most uncomfortable? It's oil pastels for me...What would I need to do to work on my relationship with this material? I'll need to think of some creative ways to manipulate the material that I haven't yet tried...

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