Event Title

Melding Mediums, Fusing Metal and Glass

Location

CSU 202

Start Date

16-4-2013 10:05 AM

End Date

16-4-2013 11:05 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Leslie Laidlaw

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

My research focused on the possibilities of combining metal and glass to create a series of sculptural works. This was accomplished literally by way of the experiments I conducted with glass and copper. The interaction of two very different mediums and the juxtaposition of hard and soft elements, create an aesthetic that is reflective of the processes and material. Process is a primary motivator within my work as a sculptor. The unique quality of the materials provided an interesting combination of working procedures and intuitive actions. The multitude of results I have received surprised me and expresses there is still much to learn. I have thus far made forty seven mockups and three finished works that will be presented through a series of photographs. My work and experimenting is ongoing. The variety of color, shape and pattern of the copper alone, inside the glass, was the most surprising and enlightening. If my research shows anything, it is the multitude of variables within the creation process. Though there are similarities, many anomalies still occasionally present themselves. This opportunity granted me further extensive development of my knowledge of the materials. Despite having used both materials (metal and glass) separately in the past, I have expanded the rage of possibilities within my ideas of process and overall sculpture.

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Melding Mediums, Fusing Metal and Glass

CSU 202

My research focused on the possibilities of combining metal and glass to create a series of sculptural works. This was accomplished literally by way of the experiments I conducted with glass and copper. The interaction of two very different mediums and the juxtaposition of hard and soft elements, create an aesthetic that is reflective of the processes and material. Process is a primary motivator within my work as a sculptor. The unique quality of the materials provided an interesting combination of working procedures and intuitive actions. The multitude of results I have received surprised me and expresses there is still much to learn. I have thus far made forty seven mockups and three finished works that will be presented through a series of photographs. My work and experimenting is ongoing. The variety of color, shape and pattern of the copper alone, inside the glass, was the most surprising and enlightening. If my research shows anything, it is the multitude of variables within the creation process. Though there are similarities, many anomalies still occasionally present themselves. This opportunity granted me further extensive development of my knowledge of the materials. Despite having used both materials (metal and glass) separately in the past, I have expanded the rage of possibilities within my ideas of process and overall sculpture.

Recommended Citation

Swiers, Dustin. "Melding Mediums, Fusing Metal and Glass." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/oral-session-03/4