Athena Vincent
Brewing a Bright Idea

light bulbs, paper clay, acrylic, found objects, doll parts, string, & wire
34″ x 19″ x 19″

@hehesart
USA

Alex Rowe
Teaching Assistant
Illustrator & Children’s Book Artist

“This piece was created in my AP art class, it was a spin-off of my usual 2-D distorted portraits. This sculpture represents the process of creating an idea. The top of the table shows the early stages of an idea. The middle, where light bulbs are hanging and falling, explains the process of weeding out the good parts of an idea, and the parts of an idea that fall short.”

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4 responses on "Athena Vincent"

  1. Profile photo of Deepti Menon

    Wow, I love the variety in faces, color, and positioning in all of these! I’m wishing I could see this in person so that I could get a really close look at all of these!

    I would love to see you transform the environment that they’re in, just like you transformed the lightbulbs! I think the environment is another place where this piece would really benefit from that. I would love to see them take up an entire room, and see how you transform every inch of that room to speak to the overall aesthetic, and your artist’s statement. I feel like the tables and teapots could embody some sort of personality, like the lightbulbs do!

    This is a really fun and exciting piece, great work!
    I think by adding your wonderful

  2. Profile photo of Lauryn Welch

    What I like about this piece is that it is memorable. I think in this day and age with the proliferation of images accessible through the internet, it’s really an accomplishment to make a lasting impression with your viewer. This piece is so assertively weird, I don’t know if I’ve seen anything quite like it.

    I’m impressed that you’ve freshened up the tired old symbol of an idea as a light bulb. Each lurid face is so distinctive, I feel like this would be an even more effective piece as an installation with many of these bulb faces hanging from the ceiling or rising up out of the floor like stalagmites. You don’t really need the table at all!

    I think you would like Christopher Chiappa’s LIVESTRONG installation, and Mike Kelley’s sculptures!

  3. Profile photo of Clara Lieu

    I am so excited by the quirkiness of this piece, each light bulb really has its own distinctive personality. It’s terrific how daring you are with color and pattern, I think a lot of people might be worried about such garish colors, but for your piece, the color scheme is very appropriate for the characters you’ve created. I’d love to see you alter the table more, I’m not sure what it’s made out of, but it would be so much fun to saw apart that table, reassemble it, and make it much more haphazard. I think the table feels a little too rigid and limited compared to the playfulness of the faces, do it would be great to alter the table more dramatically.

  4. Profile photo of Annie Irwin

    This piece is so intriguing! I love the use of color, it is communicative of a playful and strange mood, I also love that the objects within the sculpture, such as the lightbulb and tea kettle, are recognizable to the viewer, but then become transformed into something new by the artist’s hand, it gives us an entry into your world of characters. Alex’s comment about making this even bigger in scale is a great suggestion, I would love to see what different environments/ sculptures could come out of exploring these characters further. Bravo!

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