I chose to use my own face as my inspiration for this project. I found it to be a very interesting process to look at my own face at a deeper level and to try to recreate it. I chose to focus on a minimal approach for my construction and design. I loved working with geometric shapes.
I found most of the process of this project to be pretty challenging. I spent approx. 6-7 hours creating this piece, and I burnt my skin with the hot glue gun evert few moments. Also, I felt stressed about using all the hot glue and turning a recyclable material into a landfill one.
I think the final product turned out looking interesting. I think I might change up the colors a bit. Although I feel like the turquoise made the face look like an Avatar.
My original plan with my sculpture was to use my face as my inspiration. I started my piece trying to create my jaw line and the planes of my face and the features. Quite quickly into this project developed into a different direction. My face sculpture started taking form of someone with soft/gentle facial features with what I hoped look like clean lines. This work is slightly similar to my wire piece because I also worked with faces in my wire sculpture. I chose to use myself as the subject because I wanted to investigate my physical facial gestures. I wanted to convey happiness or a sense of calm emotions. I tried to do this by having the eyes closed and making a big but gentle smile. I believe I achieved a peaceful facial features with this piece.
I tried to create a more simple design by using bigger pieces of cardboard. I wanted the pieces to have a slight bend because I wanted to achieve a soft/minimal design choice for my piece. Underneath what the viewer can see, there are many layers that hold the exterior layer. I tried to use some geometric pieces across the cheeks and chin because I love working with geometric shapes like triangles. I did this whole piece with the use of hot glue gun, and exacto knife. Although i think scissors would of made the job easier, I didnt have any available at the time.
I chose to paint this piece with different shades of turquoise because I find turquoise calming. Focusing on a calming color felt cohesive with my theme of being content and happy. I chose using different shades for the different pieces to represent the different parts of the person (that make a whole). I feel that my end result looks like a face of a buddha. I don’t think the face looks like me, but it reminds me of who I want to be (calm, happy, mindful).
I didn’t love the process of this piece. But I do think the end result of this this piece is interesting. This type of sculpture is not something I would want to put on my wall. I found the challenge of learning how to create a face was a good challenge. It was the medium of the cardboard and the hot glue that I found to be a difficult to work with. And I dont think that this would be a good project to do with elementary or high school students, so I am not as interested in this project. I would be interested in working more with the face and the body, but not in this medium.