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While at the residency I would like to create unique lighting as sculptures that bring the natural indoors through transformation and synthesized function. The result is somewhat absurd, but alluring, addressing the duality of empirical and utopian desires.
This idea has manifested itself from a body of work, shown in attached images, titled "wrapped covered marked" that uses marking tape, fallen branches and cement. Through the use of orange marking tape carefully wrapped, this work called attention to and made fallen quotidian branches mystical, anthropomorphic, and political.
To transform these sculptures into lamps for the home, I would alter the use of marking tape and instead coat the branches with paint, iridescence and/or stain. The lamp would be a simple clamp light, to allow for height adjustment and directional light focus during use. The electrical cord will also be considered as a line in the “branch drawing,” using cloth covered cord. Like the wrapped covered marked works each lamps is made of tree branches and cast in cement. Each work has a unique relationship to the cement foot and tangled “drawing” above. I would like to further explore these works as floor, desk and table lamps, in both singular branch designs and as forest (grouped branch) designs. Each piece will have a solid cement foot, that is created in a cardboard box armature, allowing the cement to slump and harden and capture the texture of the cardboard box.
The materials needed for this project are: Cement, Found cardboard boxes, Found branches, Plaster for casting, and lighting equipment for clamp lights, cording and light bulbs.