Final blog post ever! Well, at least of my undergrad career.
Here is my thesis installation. I learned a lot during this process. I’m am very happy to have gone modular. That gave me exactly what I needed in both uniqueness and pre-prep. I look forward to being able to rearrange these pannels into different configurations in the future, as well as seeing how to evolve from here.
The future is a bit up in the air for me, at the moment. But no matter where I end up next, I am extremely grateful for the past 5.5 years. Each professor had something to teach me, whether it was what they were planning on or not. I am extremely grateful for the entire Fine Arts department at IUS. You all may not have understood me at times, but most of you only tried to push me to be better. And better is what I strive for everyday. So thank you all!
So many pictures this week. From Thursday until today is a blur. I’m not sure what was done when. But I learned quite a bit with this installation, just as I have with each one I have done. I’m glad I went with walls this time, but the possibilities for structure is endless. Why did I just envision myself making my own version of string and wood Legos? But really, these are basically building blocks, with endless potential. With as dynamic as the frames are on their own, stacking them and letting the patterns build up…well words are failing me, but I am excited just thinking about it.
Alot had happened in a week. I have half a frame left to do and I am done with both walls. I had wanted to be done yesterday, but one of them was hiding on me, and I had to spend some time looking for it.
I have really learned a lot during this process. To be able to do so many in such a short amount of time has allowed me to experiment with many of the different factors that make up each piece. Some I will adopt for furture use, others that have taught me to never do that ever again.
Next up, putting the walls together!!!
Color finally! Coming up with new patterns and combinations is both fun and horrible. I made a pattern that crossed it’s self. What I thought was going to be a few hours of work turned into 9.
As of writing this, I have five finished. This includes the biggest piece, 7′ x 3′. I’m getting excited. I cannot wait to see them all put together.
Both walls worth of puzzle pieces are constructed. I tried to switch up how I put the hooks in to give some variation. We shall see what that does once I start stringing.
I had a few construction issues. Nothing horrible. I just had to switch up how I constructed a few of the puzzle pieces. Luckily I didn’t have to recut anything, like last time. I would really like to take some wood working classes. I am sure there are some little tricks that I just don’t know.
One wall ready to string, and one almost ready to start drilling and inserting the hooks. I am about 20 feet short in wood. So a trip to Lowe’s is in order for the morning.
I also redid the plans for wall #2. After putting together the pieces for wall #1, I realized those weird shapes look good on paper, but don’t work so well in action.
I had wanted to be ready to string by today. Unfortunately, I have been sick and wasn’t able to do as much over the past few days as originally planned. I’m not behind schedule, just not as far ahead as I wanted. Next week there should be lots of color!!!
This week has been about breaking things, it seems. I bent two screws and broke a drill bit trying to put these pieces together. In the end, I was once again thankful for the nail gun. It saved the day.
As you can see, these require a lot of planning. This is only for the build, and not the string. I’m sure there is a better way to do this, but it makes sense and works for me, and that is all that matters.
While I am going to miss the fun at NCECA this year, I am glad for the mostly constant time to work. Not having to deal with class is going to be so helpful towards finishing up.
Here’s to hoping both structures go together fairly smoothly from here!