Event Title

Artistic Pyrotechnics

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

4-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

4-4-2011 10:30 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Elizabeth Miller

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

Fire has played an essential role throughout history. It has been used to create smoke for communication, give heat and produce light however, fire has the reputation of being dangerous and destructive; it carries many negative connotations. As a child I was scolded for having the inclination to play with matches. My mother continually reminded me ―Nothing good comes from playing with fire.‖ I want to change the mindset that encompasses fire. I would like to show how ―playing‖ with fire can create something beautiful. Artists use multiple types of media in creating their artwork. The media I have chosen is an abnormal one, fire. The materials I have chosen are matches and gunpowder. I have also melted foam and paper to create unique textures throughout my work. You are probably wondering the purpose of the materials I listed. These were not randomly chosen components. The matches were placed in a purposeful pattern to create a domino process as each match became lit. Smoke marks created images and the gunpowder explosions created unique shapes. The most special part of my project is the multiple steps used while creating this piece. I used video recording and pictures to catalog the achievement of this project. I chose to present this information for my audience because viewing the creative process helps create a better appreciation for the final project.

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Apr 4th, 9:00 AM Apr 4th, 10:30 AM

Artistic Pyrotechnics

CSU 201

Fire has played an essential role throughout history. It has been used to create smoke for communication, give heat and produce light however, fire has the reputation of being dangerous and destructive; it carries many negative connotations. As a child I was scolded for having the inclination to play with matches. My mother continually reminded me ―Nothing good comes from playing with fire.‖ I want to change the mindset that encompasses fire. I would like to show how ―playing‖ with fire can create something beautiful. Artists use multiple types of media in creating their artwork. The media I have chosen is an abnormal one, fire. The materials I have chosen are matches and gunpowder. I have also melted foam and paper to create unique textures throughout my work. You are probably wondering the purpose of the materials I listed. These were not randomly chosen components. The matches were placed in a purposeful pattern to create a domino process as each match became lit. Smoke marks created images and the gunpowder explosions created unique shapes. The most special part of my project is the multiple steps used while creating this piece. I used video recording and pictures to catalog the achievement of this project. I chose to present this information for my audience because viewing the creative process helps create a better appreciation for the final project.

Recommended Citation

Friedrich, Lisa. "Artistic Pyrotechnics." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 4, 2011.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2011/oral-session-01/1