Visit the Infinity Lab at least once before our next class in order to complete your work, further prototype, test out materials, etc.
You must take a picture or short video of your session and post it to ELLO.
Write a brief description of what you were doing as well as any questions that you may have. (tag me in the post!)
In retrospect, I think my rostered hearts came out beautifully, but the rest of my snake playhouse project needed some help. Especially compared to all of the other projects in the room. Sometimes you reach a point in trying to make a project work where you realize its not going to work because of botched up fundamentals. I am not a fan of the wood I used. I don’t think it would have held up even if I had glued it, because the wood was too weak to withstand any type of pressure or tight bend. If I could start over again with a better design motive, maybe it would have looked more polished. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to redeeming myself with the 3-D printing project. I’ll remember to take into consideration that I have only about 3 weeks to make my overall theme and design cohesive.
Artist Statement 2/2/17
Currently, I am a Minority Cancer Research Training Center scholar at the University of Florida. My major is Fine Arts with a concentration in sculptural ceramics and classical oil painting. I love to paint acrylic and oil portraits and create clay sculptures of life-sized feet, hands, and hearts. I have an affinity for any science class that studies the structure and functions of the human body. My second major is in Pre-Med Biology. I have also always wanted to be in the medical field; rather it is helping people through minimally invasive surgery or through reducing the side-effects of everyday drugs.
My love of the human body resonates in all areas of my life, intertwining my academic and artistic selves. I draw my inspirational aesthetic from the ability of the body to reinvent itself and adapt at will, whether it is to recognize and phagocytize a drug-resistant cancer cell or become a muse to all who endeavor to become artists. I NEED to create. This creativity enables me to adopt a different point-of-view when searching for solutions. When acting pragmatically in the relatively long-standing field of medicine, finding a new way to approach problems can be a decisive factor in saving lives and envisioning a better future.
The human heart transcends adversity and offers compassion to all that invite it. I especially love the image of the anatomical heart, because even in all of its intricacies, it is a common factor in all vertebrate animals. I decided to create an animalistic heart, designed with an armadillo skin pattern on the surface of the left atrium, zebra fur on the aorta, honeycomb on the superior vena cava, Malayan Krait skin on the coronary arteries, and Ball Python skin on the right atrium. (Snakes have a three-chambered heart and a vestigial lung.) I wanted to make a little playhouse for my pet snake, Vincent the Third, Vash the Stampede Williams, that wrapped around my room walls, so this represents the base of that structure.