Red Or Blue Pill?

This was a project that was conduced in 2015 for the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA). The work was based on the red or blue pill concept from “The Matrix”. “You take the blue pill, the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.”

The reason I chose to tackle this concept is because working in such a company opens the doors to the world of technology and information, where one is knowledgeable about how anything console based works. Therefore they chose to be there, “taking the red pill” and indulging in all there is to know about the subject.

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The materials used to make this mural was grogged clay and the size is 1.5 meters by 60cm.

 

Reference:

Matrix Wiki. ND, Red pill. [online] Available at: <http://matrix.wikia.com/wiki/Redpill&gt; [Accessed 20 April 2015].

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Concept Drawings

The focus of my dissertation is, if the facial features of a sculpture can evoke an uncanny feeling in the viewer. Therefore I created a concept drawing of what my sculpture will more or less look like when it is produced and placed in its proper setting. I want people to feel slightly claustrophobic and uncomfortable, possibly quite scared when viewing my sculpture, which will be 80cm.

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The sculpture will be placed on a chair facing a mirror, in a room which will be 2m/2m/2m. The viewer will have to walk into the room from behind the sculpture therefore seeing both the sculpture and themselves in the mirror, automatically interacting with it. There is also enough space for the viewer to walk around the work.

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The material that it will be made out of is Dragon Skin FX pro and Soma Foma foam. This will give the piece a fleshy and tactile look which will hopefully create feelings of uncertainty and discomfort. I want to also incorporate hand poked hair so as to enhance the realistic effect in the work.

Doodles with my cat

 

My cat has a strange character, he never wants you to touch him but wants to be next to you. Jeffy A.K.A Putitu (my cat) conveniently decides to curl up next to me while I doodle on the sofa. Funnily enough this drawing was inspired by this feral yet timid creature in that he has a weird fetish for mushrooms and enjoys being next to people (as long as you don’t touch him).

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This doodle is done in pen and watercolour, along with the tubby fur ball purring next to me 🙂

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Experiment

After creating the small maquette of a doll i decided to take a mold of the face using Dragon Skin FX pro along with a plaster backing.

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After this I decided to pour clear resin and dye it with some pigments. This did not work as planned because the pigments did not dissolve and remained in clumps. These clumps sank to the bottom and created holes in the resin after it cured. the result actually came quite gruesome looking!

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Still hopeful, I poured a second batch of resin, this time without any pigments and it worked!

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I absolutely love the transparent effect of the resin, it worked so well. It still needs to be buffed to get that glass look, but other than that, I am super happy with it.

My Sister’s Birthday Present

By the time my sister’s birthday came along, I realized that my bank account was dangerously low and I was in a panicked state because I couldn’t afford anything descent for her. Then it came to me! I decided to go all DIY and MAKE her a present. I quickly went into my basement and found an old Chinese pancake holder, thick rope, a glue gun and some air dry clay. First I used my glue gun to stick the rope around the Chinese pancake holder to mask the wicker look. I then thought it needed a knob to open the box, so I sculpted a little dolls face with bunny ears and stuck it in the middle.

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Then I cut a small piece of watercolour paper and named it “Emily’s Box of Temptations”, and stuck it just below the sculpture. Finally I went to the supermarket and bought lots of sweets and chocolates and filled the box. Thankfully she loved it 🙂

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Teaser

For my dissertation I am focusing on the uncanny and how it applies to sculpture, if it even can. Therefore I have been looking into the creation of ball joint dolls, and how to manipulate them in such a way so that the viewer will experience feelings of discomfort or even fear. The main focus of the sculpture for my dissertation will be the face, which will be most expressive area. This image shows my maquette made out of white clay in its early stages, pre firing. This maquette will later be recreated life size for greater impact.

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Since I usually sculpt objects on a larger scale, sculpting an object on a small scale can be very tedious, more than I expected. Regardless of this, it was a highly enjoyable process and will definitely be at it again shortly!

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