Physicality of Texture : The Act of Making

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Basso, Elena
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2023-06-01
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This paper will dive into the process of creating the works apart of my Senior Integrated Project (SIP) titled The Physicality of Texture: The Act of Making. The experience of touching the materials is an important part of my process; I allow my hands to do the thinking. Through my sense of touch, I can better understand the form, texture, and ways of connection. I am also interested in abstraction; the physicality of this method helps guide me. Physicality to me is about action– the physical act of playing with the material. I like to think about my sculptures as if they are alive, so to describe my work, I reference the human body using words such as skin, spine, and pores. The intention behind my work is not a direct abstraction of the human body. Instead, I find the human body just to be a reference point. There are steps to my method of creating. The texture is driven by the physical act of playing with the material. I like to think about different methods of action such as stretching, scrunching, and draping and how the directionality of the texture can relate to the curves of the form. I am interested in the tactile potential of my work and hope that I can generate sensorial experience for my audience. This paper will start off with the explorations in the fall quarter class Advanced Studio leading into the creation process during the winter quarter SIP Term including methods, techniques, materials, and concepts apart of the process. Then introduce artists who inspired my works and my practice. Lastly ending with a reflection over the entire process, acknowledgments, and images to show the body of works and their process.
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