Sculpture Critique

This video critiques a sculpture titled “Crumple” created with wire, Sculpey, and mixed pigments by Anthony Zhang and a mixed media sculpture titled “Summer Raiser” by Moisés E. Lozano. Critique led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist Alex Rowe.

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Anthony Zhang

I am a high school student who is interested in all sorts of art. Usually I work with earthenware but this was made during the pandemic so I had to settle for polymer clays. I chose to make flowers because of their innate delicacy and vibrant coloring. I chose the multi chrome pigments because of the ‘ethereal’/’metallic’ look they give; It added a mysteriousness, and the colors would change depending on where the light hit the pigment.

The inspiration of ‘Crumple’ was a sort of self portrait of how I view my sexuality; As an inherent part of me that is beautiful in all its glory, but has been ‘harmed’ in the past (hence the actual crumple).” To construct the flowers, I had to control the temperature of the clay by using a freezer and blow dryer so the clay has different consistencies for a variety of textures.
Cooling the clay also helps keep delicate pieces together before baking. So I made each flower individually and kept them in the freezer and placed them together for the baking.

Anthony Zhang

Moisés E. Lozano

Summer Raiser’ was conceived for an unreleased short film by Lowbrow Productions. The meticulous crafting proved to be a character study of the film’s protagonist.

I was chasing this idea of capturing the feeling of anxiety by means of the material, using matchsticks came quite spontaneous during pre-production of the project for their expendability and their ability to be arranged into an orderly art object.

Scriptwriter on the film and dear friend, Mark Templin, was moved by rejecting artificial order of manufactured law, ‘suburban picket fences feel more like bars on a jail cell ready to go out in flames.’ I wanted to echo’s his ideas through a pastoral representation, deliberately signifying the Gothic prose within both the artwork and the film.

Moisés E. Lozano