My animal is Pandove, a mix between a Panda and a Dove. Before deciding the animals that will be using to create my animal, I first though about an issue in the world that was important to me. After a moment, I realized that violence was the one that was popping the most in my head. Violence has become something we are too anesthetized of, and in my country it’s really not punished enough by the law. So I thought that the better way to fight violence was to turn hate into love. So, quite naturally, I decided to give to my animal Cupid’s power, which is represented by the bow and harrow in my sculpture.
The panda is calm and everything in his figure is generous and the dove is white like a white flag so they both seemed like a good choice to contrast with violence.I first used sequin to make my animal “prettier” but it actually turned out to ad to my animal a defensive power of invisibility, just in case he will run into villains during his quest against violence.
Everyone’s animal was really interesting and well executed, but if I would have to pick my favorite one I will choose Xinyao’s animal : the tortoise/eagle hybrid.
I think he’s the most appealing to me because of the feeling that comes out of it. We can really feel the effort and care that she put to create this beautiful animal. She searched to reproduce with extreme fidelity and precision all the elements of her animal. We can even perceive the eyelashes on his face and see the feather on his legs. What’s even more impressive is that the most precise and accurate animal was actually the smallest one. It’s just beautiful how a tiny object can have so much cultural and emotional baggages depending on the use of colors and materials.
As I’m remembering all the process of this project, I notice that the first and probably the most important thing I learned, is that art can be created from everything and in any form. It’s not because something is made out of garbage that’s is just garbage, that it’s just ugly, unappealing. Art simply goes beyond everything.
I also learned from the group critic that sometimes people can be more accurate in analyzing your own art than yourself and that you can really learn about your creation from them.
At the end, I’m really glad I had the opportunity to built a 3D work. It’s really a different approach to the creation. The way to use your hands to actually built something, is completely unlike using them to draw or do collage. I’m not sure it’s something that I want to explore more at the moment but I feel like, now that I actually did one, it’s something more feasible and will be more open to it.