Traces: Here/ Not Here
Artwork supporting my Masters of Fine Arts (MFA), OCAD University, completed Spring 2020.
The thesis paper is available at OCADU's Open Research Repository -
Traces: Here/Not Here endeavors to put a positive spin on our mortality. This work is about our time-limited lifetimes, our experience of it, and about the effects of our actions. It is about our interconnectivity with each other, human and non-human, animate and inanimate. By way of playful and dynamic sculptures which are activated by the physical effort of the artist, a collaborator or a visitor/participant, durational experiences are created, leaving marks, or traces, prompting consideration of our inter-connectedness, perhaps injecting optimism that we can use this opportunity to act for what matters most to each one of us.
Using spinning top sculptures as metaphors for our lifetimes, portrait tops (based on facial profiles) are spun on varied platforms leaving marks, evoking the crazy motion of life, and the residual effects of our actions and co-formative interactions. The installations involve dynamic sculptures, such as the tops, or a large driftwood log suspended from a pivot. In these works, motion is initiated by a person and has a durational element; a beginning, a “life” and an end. Marks left are sometimes durable but eventually obliterated by subsequent marks, or maybe made in sand or flour only to be swept up at the end of the day, remaining only in memory or in photos.
timespacemattermotion aka The Log
driftwood log, aluminum leaf, steel cable, rescue pivot and carabiners, beach sand; circular sand spread is approximately 12 feet in diameter.
Spinning Through Life - The Dish
repurposed satellite dish, steel cable, bearing, rope;
3 nine inch tall portraiture tops - cast iron, cast aluminum, 3D print - with wooden (ash) launcher and string.
Spinning Through Life - Ashes
Flour/wood ash mixture spread on floor
nine-inch tall portraiture top - cast aluminium, spun with wooden (ash) launcher and string.
Spinning Through Life - The Plate
Steel plate trials: Cold rolled steel with and without patina, showing traces of iron top spin
In gallery installation, the plates are 4 x 4 feet square, and left to accumulate traces.
Spinning through Life - Big Top
Bronze cast sculpture: patina-ed self-portraiture top. Twenty-one-inch tall , 22 pounds (10 kgs).
On a hard surface, it can spin for over 6 minutes.