Day of Art - June 2, 2020

Yael Homa '20

Yael Homa '20
AP Studio Art
Instructor: Jennifer Sturgill

My inquiry was guided by the clash between the ephemerality and rawness of nature and the artificiality and rigidity of technology. I explored this issue through the human-form to convey the frustrating juxtaposition in my own passion for math and science as well as nature and art. Could these two sides of me be reconciled?
 
In (1) I sculpted feet to explore the refinement of technology and nature. Over time they crumble as they’re replaced by a better version—evolution. I became curious about the limits of this process and tested it by regenerating disposable paper (2-4). I ground up red rock in (5,6) and outlined each temporary paper formation to document its existence. Refining rock into dye captured the benefit of technology in art, but it felt unfinished to claim refinement was always beneficial. I explore this concern in (7-9). I use refined measurements to create a precise drawing and wire model. Though accurate, they were cold. I wanted to find harmony between precision and expressiveness. So in (10) I used the grid model and wire to model the imperfect human. The lightness and imperfection of the day lily scapes was a reminder of nature and art’s freedom while wire grounded the figure.
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    • 1a. Clay Different drying stages.

    • 1b. Each regeneration is more refined through practice.

    • 2. Paper, Rubber Bands Crunching up paper and securing it with rubber bands to sculpt a person. Primal Process.

    • 3. Paper, Rubber Bands Holding together paper with rubber bands, attaching limbs to create the allegorical human figure.

      Paper Man-- Ideas: Allowing the material to be itself and not hiding its tendencies and limits but accentuating them. Materials: Paper, Rubber Bands. Processes: Holding together paper with rubber bands, attaching limbs to create the allegorical human figure

    • 4. Paper, Rubber Bands Regeneration of paper used in image 2. Coiling the paper to inquire on the impact of process on material.

    • 5. Red Rock, Gum Arabic I ground rock with a mortar and pestle and then mixed the fine powder with water and gum arabic.

    • 6. Red Rock Paint, Paper, Rubber Bands Tracings of each paper man using the red rock paint I created.

    • 7. Graphite, Cardboard I researched human dimensions a drew a model of a human head from three different angles.

    • 8. Cardboard Cutout of the profile face drawn in image 7 to regenerate a new and uncanny silhouette.

    • 9a. Wire Using my research of proportions to create a very technical piece using industrial material

      Wire Man-- Ideas: I wanted to highlight the precision of technology which illuminated the coldness of artificiality. Materials: Wire. Processes: Using my research of proportions to create a very technical piece using industrial material.

    • 9b. Wire Using my research of proportions to create a very technical piece using industrial material

    • 10a. Day Lily, Wire Binding gridded day lily scapes with wire to create the human form.

      Lily Man-- Ideas: Combing the freedom that comes with nature’s imperfection and the benefits of artificial innovation. Materials: Day Lily Scapes, Wire. Processes: Binding gridded day lily scapes with wire to create the human form.

    • 10b. Day Lily, Wire Binding gridded day lily scapes with wire to create the human form.

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