The process of translating a concept from a two-dimensional form to a three-dimensional construct through sculptural solutions.
Phobia Translations from 2D to 3D Part 1: 500 phobic murmurations Part 2: Linear Translatation Part 3: Stitching Planes (Planar Translation) Part 4: Scale + Structure (Final Translation)
Part 1: 500 Phobic Murmurations
500 Phobic Murmurations, is about two abstract line-mark drawings that spatializes two assigned phobias across a two-dimensional surface. I was assigned two phobias: Neophobia and Metathesiophobia, and I made two drawings with each one representing one of the phobias. Most importantly, the prompt stated that each drawing must have 500 lines and one must take a picture after each line-mark. In addition, one should always be making meaningful decisions by being conscious of the line weight, line placement, and the relationship among themselves. The key to this project was to just “feel it out” instead of over analyzing our own decisions in order to naturally express and convey the phobia. Likewise, I tried to believe that I was experiencing that phobia, “be in another person’s shoes” per se, to illustrate the fear more naturally rather than forcefully. I used compressed charcoal sticks (vine, 4B, and 6B) to draw the lines on 2 sheets of 22”x30” drawing paper and every mark was being recorded by my DSLR digital camera. Also, a 1” artist tape was used to make a 1” border throughout all 4 sides and a spray fixative was used to fix charcoal.
Linear Translations, is about using the two abstract line-mark drawings from the previous project (Part 1: 500 Phobic Murmurations) to create a linear construct that spatializes the formal elements of the two drawings into three-dimensional sculpture through extrusion; it is essentially about the transition from two-dimensions to three-dimensions. Two 500-line-drawings with each one representing one of the phobias were made based on the assigned phobias: Neophobia and Metathesiophobia. The two drawings can be considered photographs of the top and side view of the sculpture. By using the drawings as reference, a three-dimensional construct is made out of linear material limited to 1-3 materials, no thicker than 1/8” without the use of glue or tape, and it must relate to the drawings.
Part 3: Stitching Planes (Planar Translation)
Stitching Planes (Planar Translation), is about translating the previous project (Part 2: Linear Translation), which was a linear construct, into planar structure. The planar construct needs to be built with two types of materials: floppy and rigid. Additionally, one needs to be opaque and the other must be transparent or translucent. The use of glue and tape is prohibited in the process of making the construct. Being mindful of the thickness, opacity, and stitching method of the materials are the most important parts of making this construct. Likewise, the new construct must stay true to the formal elements from the previous work: Part 1 and 2. Foam-core boards and plastic-paper are used to build this structure. A white foam-core has a variety of values under light, which makes it more interesting to look at the construct. Foam-core provides stability due to its rigidness and it can also provide an aesthetically pleasing and clean design to the structure. Plastic-paper was used because it is more rigid and transparent than ordinary paper. The clear but not so clear plastic-paper helps create a sense of depth by altering the clarity depending on the distance between the paper and another object. In addition, a stapler is used for ‘stitching’ and binding two materials together. A linear structure is made out of foam-core (rigid material) and plastic-paper (floppy material) without the use of glue and tape, and only with the use of a stapler to ‘stitch’ the two materials together.
Part 4: Scale + Structure (Final Translation)
Scale + Structure (Final Translation), is a project about constructing a sitting-structure by using the formal elements from the linear and planar constructs from Part 2 and 3. The construct is 3ft x 3ft x 4ft and the place where the human sits should be elevated off the ground at a minimum of 1ft (12 inches). Also, it must be able to support the weight of a human body. For materials, the structure must be built out of maximum of 10 sheets of 24” x 36” corrugated cardboard. Slotting method was used to unify the pieces of cardboard into the final structure; majority of the cardboard pieces are spaced out evenly in relation to others and slotted perpendicularly to create a more solid and stable structure. The overall triangular shape implied in the sitting-structure was translated from the core area of the planar structure from Part 2 and 3. The circular and curved shapes from the previous projects were translated in a way that the negative space made by the sitting-structure forms those shapes. The structure was made in way to show and make the human feel the sensation of newness and change (the two phobias translated from Part 1 to 2 and 3 were Neophobia-fear of unfamiliar things and Metathesiophoia-fear of change). The sizes and shapes of each cardboard piece vary and each plane was shifted to imply the feeling of transformation and unfamiliarity. The human should feel uncomfortable when seated on the sitting-structure as the two phobias from all the previous projects were interpreted and reformed into this structure.