Campus Canvas 4/24/2013

Madeleine Morris ’14 developed her love for painting and art during her early teenage years. Her abstract paintings have been featured in past productions on campus, including God of Carnage. Photo By: Emily Lavieri-Scull
Madeleine Morris ’14 developed her love for painting and art during her early teenage years. Her
abstract paintings have been featured in past productions on campus, including God of Carnage. Photo By: Emily Lavieri-Scull

In this piece, for a Sculpture 1 assignment about scale, I made oversized Russian nesting dolls or matryoshka.  The changing scale of the nesting dolls that stack inside each other intrigues me, but the decorations on the matryoshka are what most interest me.  While making this object I had a very difficult time trying to get the plaster perfectly smooth, with the elegant curves of the real nesting dolls. Fortunately, in a fit of frustration I realized that I was doing the objects a disservice in trying to force precision and neatness onto them.  As soon as I leaned into the funky and imperfect shape of the plaster and chicken wire, the idea for decorating the piece with dripping paint and twine came and the doll became plausibly distorted, much like the way that a computer image becomes distorted when improperly enlarged. In this piece I was working through the idea of the effect of growth or amplification on form and the evidence of process in a product. I am continuing to work on several more dolls to form a set during the remainder of the semester. —Madeleine Morris ‘14

 

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