Brewing a Bright Idea
light bulbs, paper clay, acrylic, found objects, doll parts, string, & wire
34″ x 19″ x 19″
“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.”
“This piece is wonderful. It’s very fun, I read it as a kind of representation of the joys of the creative process. Nice little Lewis Carroll like vibe to the whole thing, which I’m totally on board with. Great variation in characters. I love how some of them seem more recognizably human, some of them a little more bizarre.
I like the structure of the two tables, but if the legs were taller, I think it could take the piece further. The viewers could look inside and, then you could accentuate the heads by dramatically lowering or raising the cord. For that matter even broadening the surface they are hanging from and sitting on, frankly, just to let the space become bigger.
And you can include more of the heads because, I think their charm is that I want to see more of them.
I think these characters are so fun and, if you continue this piece I’d love to see what you do with different kinds of bulbs; those eco-friendly bulbs or big outdoor lights. And since they’re light bulbs, I’m curious about what they look like illuminated. Of course if the clay is non-flammable.
But I think this piece is terrific. I think you’ve done an excellent job.”