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psychic device – sculpture class

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These are certainly not portfolio worthy pictures, but behold! My kaleidoscope/diy magic 8-ball monstrosity!

I put this together while taking an intro to sculpture class last semester. The project was to create a sculpture based on a toy. I’m not sure if mine isn’t just a toy, but I had ‘a time’ putting this beast together. I learned a lot about PVC pipes and all sorts of fun, useful bits you can find at the hardware store.

Pardon the window stripping part in the below video. If I make another one, which I will, the goal is to find something more attractive than window stripping to hold the globe in place but that is still also removable. So much of this project was trouble shooting that putting any part of it together in a permanent way would have been disaster. For the most part, I could clumsily disassemble it and then put it back together.

This isn’t the first time I tried my hand at making a ‘psychic device’. Check out a kaleidoscope I made for a show at the VA MOCA in this old post here.

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end of the school year – intaglio

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This semester I learned more about printmaking in my required intaglio class, taught by artist Lisa Hamilton. I enjoyed learning the process and different methods, but am not entirely happy with the work I produced in the class. BUT, now I feel more capable of revisiting the images and perhaps giving them a go again, this time with everything I learned this semester behind me instead of ahead.

Abstract Collagraphs
Collagraphs with test prints
collagraphs drying on rack
Crepuscular Nesting Birds

The above three pictures are from my favorite printmaking project: collagraphs. It was cheap! Especially compared to buying zinc plates. I enjoyed this project because it felt very freeing. It was like playing. I just cut and pasted till I felt I had created something potentially interesting.

Gone to seed - etching self portraitGone to Seed – a self portrait

dry pointMy Love, I Give

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art around campus

Meghan Howland

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I don’t want to post multiple examples of her work, because you should go explore her website!

Being in school is not just stimulating because of the teachers I am studying with, but also because of the students on campus.

I pass Meghan’s work and studio regularly on my way to my locker, and I almost always feel compelled to pause to admire her paintings.