Our Sculpture lesson we been given a theme “On the Verge”. It is hard to go back to routine of going to College. My 1st week lesson had gone into research of artists which will give me the inspiration of what I am going to do. I had found a few artists’ works which I love Jane Sterbak, Eva Hesse and Fischli Weiss. Greatly influence by Eva Hesse’s work which bringing Soul into Minimalism using materials such as latex, strings, ropes and fiberglass.
Title: contingent 1969 – Using materials that is new to sculpture, like latex and fiberglass, she made work that hung, draped, dangled, looped, drooped, slumped, webbed, protruded breast- and penislike, imitated skin, suggested bodily orifices, spilled or just lay on the floor. Contingent is made of fiberglass, latex and cheese cloth.
Fascinated by Artists Fischli and Weiss’s work. The unusual use of materials and the associated deception of our viewing habits are characteristic of the Swiss duo’s work. Fischli and Weiss draped sausages and slices of sausages on carpets, in refrigerators , ovens and rumpled beds and transformed them, together with pickles and cigarette butts, into element of everyday scenes, reconstruct from normal life.
Dig further and found this artist Jane Sterbak who designed Vanitas in 1987. The meat is stitched into a dress. Lady Ga Ga meat dress designed by Artist Franc Fernandez and style by Nicola Formichetti.
Title : Vanitas – 1987 by Artist Jane Sterbak. This process speaks to human vanity and eventual degradation of beauty as a result of aging. It also explain the process of death and decaying to human flesh.
Lady Ga Ga meat dress idea comparisonmade to similar found in contemporary art, pop art and popular culture.
I have make my sculpture base on my mother-In-law as she was suffering from emotion cruelty from her husband. It was not physical torture that she was suffering but mentally. Her husband had restricted her going outing and watching television programs late at night and must be in bed by 7.30 p.m. every night. As an active and strong will woman, she had suffered in silence and sitting at home awaiting for her children home from overseas to visit her yearly. When she married to her husband, she had to work daily to support her 6 children unfortunately her husband left home to England, leaving her to look after 6 children. She had to work in the day with a construction company carried clay and cement. during the night when she was back home she had to cook to feed the 6 children. Life was tough but she struggle to bring the children up by herself.
Finally, she managed to go to England to work but she can’t have all the children with her. She left the younger children with relatives and friends and hopefully till one day she can fetch them back home. To my mother-in-law all the hard work didn’t matter but family, food and a house were the most important factors in her life. Finally, when she was retired and had a house in Hong Kong but the house to her was a cage where she been kept. Finally, when we went back home to visit her, she was on the verge on explosion from all the sufferings she faced with her daily life. she was so mad with her husband that it finally killed her, she went home from the hospital and got mad with her husband and had a stroke that caused the blood bleed in her brain.
My sculpture will be based on my mother-in-law life and using different materials such as latex, meat, fiberglass, wax, resin and fabric. During our these 7 weeks I will be experiment with various mode of materials and method to see how it can be work together.