It Lives in the Air, 2018

Inspired by the musical group, Russian Renaissance

Research

The prompt of this work was to reflect on the music of the musical group, Russian Renaissance, and the architecture of the PAC (Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi). Upon hearing the prompt, and the limitations of the material I had available to use, I had to think quickly about how the material could be manipulated to emulate the spiral that I saw in my mind. I drew out some rudimentary sketches while listening to the group, and then I visited the PAC again to see how the sculpture could fit in with the space. I drew upon my own personal work which reflects on the change in DNA and the crazy, unexpected turns that life sometimes takes. I thought that this sculpture could fit well within that theme.

Process

I got to work building some maquettes out of cardboard when I was pretty settled on a few ideas to work from. I had finally figured out how I could make the metal conform to the forms I wanted to build. Once I had worked out the puzzle of the initial maquettes, I became more dedicated to the idea of two spirals connecting. I cut the flat metal into equal parts and spent many hours mig welding. I also chose a very raw, solid cylinder for the base which I had to drill through and bolt my spirals onto. After everything was assembled, I had to grind down any rough edges because I hadn't realized that my metal was still quite sharp even after the initial grinding I had done.

Reflection

 Spiral sculpture

Overall, I am quite happy with the way that this sculpture manifested. I learned a lot about metal, welding, and my own perseverance. I do wish that the sculptural base had not been an afterthought, but due to time constraints, I really had to go with something that would benefit the sculpture quickly. Even though this base was a quick, last minute addition, it did give me plenty of hardship because of the difficulty it takes to drill through steel. However, I think that the base works well and I absolutely love the raw, visceral quality of the steel. The concept that the steel will never be the same - while always changing - goes perfectly with the idea of the changing of the wind and time, as well as the change through music in the air. I also love how it mimics a DNA strand.

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