Artist Statement!

CFC III: has been a world wind of a class with a few intertwining themes to discover throughout eh journey of doing. With a subheading of nature i was expecting a bit more to do with surface level nature. Basically more of an emphasis on nature. While we war planting and taking care of plants, we war reading brave new world along with our CFC projects.

For our first project we randomly selected a concept, form, and context from 3 different pieces of artwork that my classmates wrote on their favorite pieces of artwork. I pulled a biblical depiction, 2-demensional on multiple colors at 45 degrees angle, and the artist wife in fracne in 1905. From these I made a cross with the hands of creation symbolizing everyones symbolic cross to bear. I n some ways the Sistine Chapel drawings of Michealanggelo which I drew inspiration from and making a 3-d work related to Michealangelo one of my inspirations as well as the many 3-d artist who inspire my work.

Around the time of our planting a second generation of plants we were told to consider and think of the cross-connections between the plants, Brave New World, and our personal projects. Well at first when I heard this I thought to myself, “That is crazy, this is the most far out/abstract thinking class i’ve ever had!” But honestly thinking about it a little more brave new world is all about a controlled society and in many ways we planted our plants and have manipulated the environment to control their growth. We manipulated the environment of our professors office with technological stimuli, the lights, and climate control. We also had our professor to monitor them and make sure they were well hydrated since they were kept in his office. Our second generation was for us to cultivate at home, changing the environment but still expected to control the environment and watch what happens. We also used the seeds of the first generation for the second generation. Which in many ways made me again consider the ways in which these things over lap. We used other inspiration (seeds from their trees) to inspire our projects or the ‘next generation’ of the art piece. Thus showing and drawing connections between assignments.] This also led us to the work of our series assignment.

For my series assignment I actually did two different ones and the one i’d first began  working on around the ideas of a cross to bear and urban angels is the one that I went with. I did a photo series/triptych of images showing a homeless woman carrying her burden/her cross, in what seems like hopeless and bleak conditions when an urban angel in the form of a child carrying a bottle of water offers her the water. While this may not change her circumstances it does bring light to her life. to help her carry on with less of a cloud surrounding her life.

Brave New World relates to my work through the interworking societal beliefs. The people of BNW are bread to live a certain life, to remain in a certain class and believe in certain ideals. The entire concept of my project revolved around the spiritual and religious beliefs of a culture of people around the world. In BNW the people, minus the natives, were not raised to be religious or even to show much emotion and those that do are outcast or lost and confused. When most Christian people are at a crossroads they consult God, or their chosen deity for guidance and support. They share with him, tide to him, ask him for help and spiritual clarity. They fast form food, sex, alcohol, etc. in the name of God to wait for answers to calm their spirits and give peace to their minds. BNW, they are not bread to believe in God only really technology. when they are in need of peace they get high and basically have orgys where they don’t spare any desire. They go for it all.In my series works I believe the young man took a moment s he was walking past with his friends that seemed to be coming from playing basketball, What would Jesus do? and He gave his bottle of water to the homeless woman as if he were her very own angel sent to ease her strife for but a moment.

My work this semester was greatly influenced by the artist of my tree. The artist that I drew the most inspiration from were local artist Warren Hollier, Lana Hardin, Carl Hollier and more well known artist, Zenos Frudakis, Manet, Monet, and Michelangelo. There are plenty more things that I drew inspiration form this semester however that were not listed on my tree, such as the lost of my sister and friend Kristen, the bible, random inspirational quotes and pictures found on the internet, sent to me by friends, or kind words said in passing from someone who may not have even realized that they in a way helped me  to keep moving and pressing forward towards the goal because those loved ones of mine that have passed would like to see me finish. So through it all I carry my cross and I continue to press on.

Final Proyecto!

 For my final piece I made a Triptych  following along with my Everyone Has A Cross To Bear initial project. The following is a description of the piece. 

 

Homeless person

  • She carries her bag on her back. Her bag represents the stipes (pronounced sty’peez), the vertical portion of the cross. 
  • She is walking into our lives.

 

The first large picture is in brown sepia tone- represents her earthly burden of homelessness

The homeless person seems w/o shelter, family, she accepts the gift fro the boy and continues on carrying her burden with hope.

The second large picture is in full color representing contact with a young person who gives her a bottle of water, which represents life and hope in the future.

  • This picture is in the center of her life temporarily and it brightens her life.

The third picture is small it shows her leaving carrying her cross, her burden, in her world in color in all of nature’s beautiful colors.

  • She is disappearing out of our lives.
This is one of two versions of Triptychs I made however my final version.

 

plants

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Desafortunadamente

 

So guess how I spent part of the Thursday.

So I got really sick and when i was getting checked out (they had to put me on an i.v. bc i was severely dehydrated.) and asked what might be causing it, they went thru a slew of questions, asked about plants, I got asked about mold in my apartment.

So i checked out my plant when i got home.

Little did i realize I had mold growing on my plant inclosure. interesting pics to share today.

 

My plants still look pretty good though.

Plant updates and whatnot

Peep my 3rd gen plantalones just a growing. I wonder if we are going to harvest these seeds as well. i bet these seeds would be juicy unlike my first round that were kinda small and I didn’t expect them to sprout at all.

 

Check out these bad boys!

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I also find it pretty interesting that one side is growing thicker that it is tall unlike the other that is super tall and doing really well. I think both are pretty awesome but I am interested to know more of why all of these plants and seeds that are supposed to be like the same plant and even ones of mine that look like they should be the same breed, and yet they are all so very different.

More planty planty planty

My 3rd gen plants are super grow like awesome regardless of how many are in there they are really growing. They have shot up in size and they also have pods growing already. Pretty flowers and loads of colors!

TADA!

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Images from 3-15-12

Side note; They days haven’t gotten easier since you left. I honestly struggle to focus on the simplest of things because you are constantly on my mind. I love you sis and miss you way too much. I wonder when this will get easier.

[update] 3/12-3-17: I reallydont understand why my at home plants aren’t growing? this is such a bummer.

Turkey

I saw the turkey again and i have some updates of the 3 gen plant :D

Chigadee-check the pics!

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my at home 2-gen plants have made no change form 3/6-3/12

more updates

So my plants are not making any progress they are still growing right where they were and  left them under the care of my roommates for a couple days(2/27-3-4). They said that they watered it and it would run through to the tin pan and that it never seemed dry or thirsty or anything so they assumed all was well. It stayed in the front room near the patio as opposed to in my room because they both said they would forget it if it were in my room. So it got moved for a few days to a different area less illuminated due to the tress outside of our patio window.

So Spring Break

Spring break and homework. Fun…. Sike. I feel awful.

So my plants are falling over and maybe i’m watering too much because it appears as if my dirt is washing away. The tin that it resides in is a bit discolored and the plants don’t seem to be growing much anymore but they don’t look thirsty either so idk what to do about that?!

I don’t think attaching my plants to a toothpick or anything would help them to stand happily. I’m considering switching the light source.

Meanwhile, I’m getting sicker and frankly i can’t afford to keep getting sick and what not. I’m still getting over the loss of my sister. I can’t believe she’s gone and it’s extremely hard to get out of bed or focus on anything at this point in life! I just don’t understand why this had to happen. She was 28. What does this mean about the rest of us.

:(

2nd Generation plant updates

So I have been watering my plants on a consistent basis and i’ve have them in a pie tin because the water drains thru and was getting my carpet all wet so yea. Through the week of the 19-25th bout four little plants were there and they are steady growing up. Because there is way more space in my basket than there was in our little in class pods i let them all continue to grow where they were. I was worried about a couple of them due to the fact that they seemed to be growing on top of one another. They are looking pretty good thus far.Well kinda, I’m not sure with some of them. I hope they live, I can’t stand to think of things dying right now. They certainly are not growing as fast as they were in class under a constant light but they get nearly 13-15 hours of sun. Sometimes complete and sometimes partial. on rainy day I would leave on my fluorescent light in my room.