Happy Place, Senior Project 2018

Artist statement:

This is an interactive installation that is divided into three parts. All three parts explore different childhood memories of coloring, playing, and drawing. Part One involves a wall of coloring booklets that you can open and explore its contents. The coloring booklets are 4 pages of line drawings that relate to my childhood fascinations, like animals, people, and bugs. There are over 100 booklets all represented in vibrant hues. Part Two of the exhibition is a floor installation with a small 2’ x 2’ table with grass grown on top combined with more then 40 individual geometric forms. The forms are represented in cones, cubes, rectangular prisms, cylinders, and half spheres. The small blocks are closed forms with bits of clay that produce a sound as you handle them, this is meant to entice curiosity. Part Three is an interactive drawing wall with a small prompt for the viewer to respond to and post on the wall. This is meant to relate back to Part Two asking the viewer to draw what they believe is inside of the play blocks.  

My happy place is directly related to my childhood; I discovered this while using these images of coloring, playing, and drawing to help me cope with stress and anxiety in my life. Part One, Two and Three explore different aspects of the happy places that give me comfort. Part One the coloring booklets are an outlook to represent the curious childhood experiences of the observing trees, flowers, playgrounds, people, cars, furniture, bugs, toys, animals and electronics. The coloring booklets are also meant to be an outlet for the viewer to be creative and joining in on the meditative properties of coloring. Part Two is a child-like sensory experience. The play blocks are represented in different colors as well as a variety of surface finishes. This is meant to excite one into playing with them. The pieces inside the clay are meant to make one curious and the grass is meant to be playful. Part Three expresses a small prompt for the audience to relate back to Part Two this involves asking the viewer to draw what they think is inside of the play blocks. This part of the exhibition is meant to challenge your imaginative self and make one look at the world through curious eyes. One is meant to engage with the space to embody a sense of whimsy and joy while interacting with the environment. Each part addresses a creative outlet that will implore the viewer to be creative weather that is from coloring, playing and rearranging, and drawing. 

Part One of my exhibition was drawn in my sketchbook, scanned, and printed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock. The images were drawn with gouache, graphite, and ink. The drawings were then combined into a small booklet and sown together. Part Two is made from using P-5 midrange off white clay. The shapes were formed using a plaster slump molds. The finishes on the play blocks were achieved with underglaze with Amaco clear glaze and Mayco matte clear glaze. I used underglaze colors as well as acrylic colors on a variety of forms. The grass table was constructed out of wood and contains a six-inch deep bed for the soil. The bed of the table was sealed with caulking and Flex Seal. Once the Flex Seal cured I layered in ¾ cow manure and ¼ potting soil. I speckled in the grass seed on the top layer and lightly disturbed the soil so as to bury the grass seed. They were watered daily and were open to the sun before its stay in the gallery a grow light is put up every evening to ensure it receives sun light. Part Three is made with 8.5’’ x 11’’ sheets of cardstock divided into 4 different small cards that are approximately 4’’ x 5’’. The drawing table was constructed out of wood. The prompts are mass-produced by making original drawings, scanning them and printing onto an 8.5’’ x 11’’ sheet of cardstock.

Coloring booklets!!!

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