[Forward] Creeping Death
Advanced Sculpture Final Show
The concept I explored in my pieces was society's fascination with and expectation of perfection due to both technological advances both in machinery and software. I then focused in on the process of restoration as the manifestation of society's desire for the state of perfection. Restoration involves taking an old object full of history, age,wear, and time and then removes all of this. Restoration takes away the"truth" and brings old items to a reality that isn't real,essentially creating a false reality and a barrier from the past. In some cases the final "restored" piece is a shell of itself containing no actual pieces of the original but is the perfect state the consumer wants. I went further with the exposing of the bizarre nature of the restoration process by buying pieces to restore that are pieces not meant to be restored and usually collected at their old and worn state. I went to antique shops and bought all different types of hand tools that were old and rusted. I then restored these pieces using only my hands to do the sanding, polishing, staining, etc. After I was satisfied with the restoration states of the tools, I incorporated the use of photography in both past and present technologies. Photography is the process of "capturing time" and creating a barrier from "time or wear" affecting the perfect state of the tools. After I used an old Polaroid camera and a new camera I created two different final forms. I used clear resin to encase one "restored" tool so time and wear could never touch it.I then also seal Polaroid images of the restored tools in resin. The resin created a physical barrier and a time capsule to keep the tools at their perfect state forever. I also took the high-resolution images of some of there stored tools and cut them out, adhered them to raw unfinished wood, and then glazed the images to the wood. This created an interesting relationship of the perfect state of the tools being captured in both the photo and under the glaze. Also the fabricated "raw wood" against the restored tools created a relationship of raw against finished, but when the "raw wood" is actually processed it creates a double exposure of false states of reality, but was an interesting visual. Below are images of the before and after of the tools as well as the final results.