I started working on my sculpture, with use of cardboard knife (x-acto knife) I managed to finish my sculptures’ legs and tail. I have made a scale which helping me to create my sculpture (1:19.2 – length, 1:8 – width). I am hopping to finish the sculptures’ body on a weekends.
After several problems with my materials I have found an alternative way to create my art piece. I decided to use a cardboard to fold it and make a shape of my sculpture out of it. I have talked to my mentor and we agreed to use the cardboard. However, before I started doing my sculpture, I needed to get all my measurements and drawings order to understand how I will fold it and create my art piece. I have used a small model of a wolf and I have took three photos from different points of view. I created three drawings in which I have measured every part of the body.
I contacted with my parents to asked for the financial support, after three days I received the money. So I was finally abele to afford my materials. However, I had problems with the transportation to get to the company,which is located in the River Head and it is far from the school. I found a website on the internet buyfoam.com, but the materials were never ordered because of my Kazakh credit card and my Bank they could not proceed the request. Overall I had a lot of problems with arranging my transportation and with my Kazakh credit card.
I contacted the company which is selling the Floating Foam. My mentor Ned Smyth gave me contact number and the prices for the foam were $111.39 for a block which is 7x10x8, $127.39 for a block which is 7x20x9, and $168.25 for a block which is 10x20x8.
I had problems with finances because of that I could not order my materials.
I was trying to find more information about my materials that I will use such as foam, also researching the way how I can use it and cut it. Eventually I found special tools such as “Hot Wire” and “Hot Knife”. However those tools are too expensive to afford, so I found an alternative solution, so I asked Mr.Mulhern if I can use his saws.
1. Foam Hot Knife
2. Foam Hot Wire
During the first week I was trying to find my inspiration, however I felt that I was missing something, so I decided to research farther about my topic and theme. Eventually I discovered a unique art installation created by Christopher Jobson which is called “Mirrored Forest Installation” which is relevant to my project. I have been talking to my mentor about materials that I might use to create my art piece, so we’ve decided to choose foam as my material for the sculptures.
“Mirrored Forest Installation” by Christopher Jobson