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3-D Design Sample 1

Section Score: 6

Rationale for Score

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The student’s exploration of prosthetics is coherently integrated in every piece.
  • There is convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery within each piece.
  • The work clearly demonstrates an original vision as well as innovative ideas and risk taking. With each work the student “achieve[d] a new concept of repair as a creative process” inspired by Japanese Kintsugi
  • Each image shows a thorough understanding and effective application of 3-D design principles.
  • The work is technically excellent; a broad range of materials (PVC pipe, pasta, discarded tool parts, 3-D−printed plastic forms, a tree, a banana peel, a zipper, and dowel rods) is used effectively to express ideas, and the work clearly demonstrates expertise with fabrication skills and design.
  • The appropriation of a variety of objects is transformed in the service of a larger personal vision that references both Kintsugi and “surrealist tendencies”

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Concentration Statement

My concentration is based on the concept of prosthetics. I want each prosthetic to go beyond what is commonly expected and allow the process of repair to become creative. For each sculpture, I made a collage of different materialities to create new, strange objects.

My concentration was inspired by the Japanese art form of Kintsugi, a gold mending method of restoring pottery. As well as being influenced, I worked to achieve a new concept of repair as a creative process. My first piece, (image #1) was a design of a PVC limb to attach to a snapped branch on a tree. I continued using plastic in my second piece, (image #3) creating a 3d hollow cast of a banana and keeping the natural peel. I began experimenting with new forms. (image #5) I crafted a handle for a brush, and carefully glued then cooked noodles as the brush bristles. I focused on an amplified prosthetic for a broken sander (image #7) displaying the insides of how it functions. Each small part of the sander mechanics were recreated out of wood. I emphasized a secondary use of baseball bats, that of a weapon, by adding a brass knuckle handle to a found broken bat. (image #9) My final sculpture consisted of a cut in wood that could be zipped back together. (image #11). Overall, I approached the concept of Kintsugi with surrealist tendencies.

3-D Design Sample 2

Section Score: 4

Rationale for Score

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The topic and the work presented are closely related.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident in the investigation of unconventional materials.
  • The work demonstrates some originality and some innovative thinking in the use of unconventional materials (such as found objects) to suggest abstracted marine animal forms.
  • The work demonstrates good understanding and application of the 3-D design elements and principles of color (image 2, 5, 9, and 12), repetition (images 2, 5, and 9), texture (images 1, 2, 6, and 9), emphasis (images 2 and 8), and line (images 2, 5 and 9), however their overall application is inconsistent.
  • Some transformation is noticeable (images 4 and 9), but some of the work is repetitive (images 1, 2, and 7).
  • The work demonstrates some good technical competence and use of materials (images 2 and 6); technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together (images 4, 7, 9, and 12).

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Concentration Statement:

My concentration is based off of manipulating found objects and transforming them into abstract representations of different marine animals. I chose marine animals because it counteracts with the found objects. Using, one of a kind plaster casts, drift wood, hand built armatures, and painting I combined the actual found object with the idea of what I wanted it to become.

For my concentration I manipulated found objects to make them resemble marine animals. After creating piece 2 (the whale with white lines) I knew I wanted to base everything off of marine animals. The driftwood with the jelly fish on them with vines extending out (piece 9) is probably the best representation of what I wanted to do with my concentration, they go hand in hand, drift wood drifts through the ocean as a jelly fish would. The puffer fish (piece 5) is a good representation of how dangerous puffer fish are. Inserted with toothpicks, it was a literal globe of death. So is the puffer fish, being a poisonous fish with poisonous spikes. Towards the end of my concentration my pieces became less literal. Piece 7, driftwood whale, was as less literal than piece 2. It had more texture and less detail, but still looked like a breaching whale. Working and creating a variety of marine animals has been very fun and I could see myself continuing making art that revolves around marine animals in the future.