Event Title

Twisting Perspectives

Location

CSU 201

Start Date

20-4-2015 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2015 11:00 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Brian Frink

Mentor's Email Address

brian.frink@mnsu.edu

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

My research focused on the possibilities of combining linear wire elements with the fluidity of free form paintings to create a series of sculptural works. The experiments were designed to emphasis the contrast between these two materials, however the results also showed how surprisingly cohesive they are able to work together. Process is a primary interest within my work as a painter. I choose to use painting techniques that are highly process oriented such as staining, soaking, dripping, and flinging paint on to loose canvas to achieve a sense of randomness, relying on the freedom of chance and spontaneity to help with creative development. In this first stage of the research I experimented with letting go of control, letting things happen of their own accord and just observing. However the second stage was focused on regaining that control through working with wire. Wire wrapping is a very precise art and requires a lot of planning, measuring, and having an eye for intricate detail. Focusing on line, gesture and design as fundamental key points in the creative process, I began working with large gauge wire. While conducting this portion of these projects I found the issue of scale to be troublesome. The desire to create large scale work required me to think outside of the box in how I view my supplies and tools, forcing me to design new equipment to accommodate the larger gauge wire. These experiments have helped further develop of my knowledge of the materials. Despite having used both materials (wire and textiles/painting) separately in the past, it has expanded the range of possibilities within my ideas of process and overall sculpture.

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Twisting Perspectives

CSU 201

My research focused on the possibilities of combining linear wire elements with the fluidity of free form paintings to create a series of sculptural works. The experiments were designed to emphasis the contrast between these two materials, however the results also showed how surprisingly cohesive they are able to work together. Process is a primary interest within my work as a painter. I choose to use painting techniques that are highly process oriented such as staining, soaking, dripping, and flinging paint on to loose canvas to achieve a sense of randomness, relying on the freedom of chance and spontaneity to help with creative development. In this first stage of the research I experimented with letting go of control, letting things happen of their own accord and just observing. However the second stage was focused on regaining that control through working with wire. Wire wrapping is a very precise art and requires a lot of planning, measuring, and having an eye for intricate detail. Focusing on line, gesture and design as fundamental key points in the creative process, I began working with large gauge wire. While conducting this portion of these projects I found the issue of scale to be troublesome. The desire to create large scale work required me to think outside of the box in how I view my supplies and tools, forcing me to design new equipment to accommodate the larger gauge wire. These experiments have helped further develop of my knowledge of the materials. Despite having used both materials (wire and textiles/painting) separately in the past, it has expanded the range of possibilities within my ideas of process and overall sculpture.

Recommended Citation

Tietje, Shayna. "Twisting Perspectives." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 20, 2015.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2015/oral_session_01/1