Look Mom I’m Jumping on the Bed
Yarn, sticks, resin, epoxy, bed, sheets, pillows and blanket.
Sculpture 1 (Installation) (final)
The first idea was a failure and so I moved on. I decided to use the same materials and recreate my idea. I began to create a piece that had to do with the negative space around a person. The objects I used for this piece were white yarn, branches, wire, and resin.
I used the yarn, sticks, and resin to illustrate a series of objects that based on shape, color, placement and size were to play with the space 2 dimensionally, 3 dimensionally, shift weight and invert presence. I was trying to bring presence to the negative space by illustrating contour lines, and illustrating flat and 3 dimensional objects in front of a black sheet. I was also trying to invert weight, by placing a clear resin puddle and using resin made objects that are suspended from a string in the center.
The idea is here is a man who stands on a bed his legs are spread and his arms are up creating a shape similar to an X shape. The yarn and objects are used to illustrate his posture by solidifying the negative space within the objects. The background becomes interrupted by what is now the positive space that frames the negative. His weight is played with in resin and yarn in the sense that where his feet should be placed is a translucent puddle and the negative space in between his legs is activated by a resin and yarn mobile that creates 3 dimensions with flat objects.
Weight is distributed through out the body in different ways. By being sensitive to this I invert the torso with a thin string of yarn, lighten the feet with the resin objects because a translucent object reads weightless compared to a colored one and created something heavy above the head with an upside down 3 dimensional pyramid illustrated through binding a structure made from branches and wire. .
By using a thin string to suspend the weights above and below the torso I am activating the idea of weight through out the figure as something opposite of what human presence is by creating an inverted positive space figure.
I am discussing with myself a focus on life as something that always has balance because internally I feel that life is indecisive and full of struggle. I play with three dimensional and 2 dimensional in the shapes I create. The bed acts as a stage for my narrative, and also the bed and the pyramid above my head act as the three dimensional.
The sticks on the wall create a contour and the yarn being wrapped around them helps for me to reinvent their dimension through the color white. The string in the center creates an inverted weight as well and becomes 2 dimensional on the wall behind it. I am creating 3 dimensional contours that play with negative space because of their shape and color.
I call this piece Look Mom I’m Jumping on the Bed, for me it has to do with a lot of personal things. It has to do with growing up as a gay child and being scared to have a connection with your parents due to a difference in time. The idea behind the title is to show that nostalgic connection we share between our parents and ourselves that seems attention seeking and free when we are young. Here I present the viewer with a man in hopes that I can still bridge the connection between the ages as an adult. The reason my piece resembles something similar to an artifact, relic or old monument is because I remember hiding to please them and always finding it harder to connect, gauge and coupe with the age difference between us. It is simply to reference a prior date to my existence. It took me a long time to come out and even today I still struggle with finding comfort in myself as a homosexual male.
I choose white because I still feel pure and innocent, branches because they are natural and I feel like I can relate them to the figure, yarn because I grew up illustrating since I was 3 or 4 and using line, and filling in spaces has been something familiar to me forever. Using the yarn implies my ability to illustrate the space and determine circumference and measure. I use the space of a bed because this is where I feel most alone, most private, and where my more worrisome thoughts accumulate all at once. I worry about balancing life especially because now the balance of life is completely at stake according to some new laws being created. Though I’ve just been received the ability to get married, it seems that America has been going through some spontaneous law changes due to the American public peacefully protesting against big business in occupy wall street. I can’t only say that though we are starting to reach equality we took a step back and are about to be repressed again.