Stage One: Struggle, 2018.
The creation of this work was an attempt to pull myself out of the creative slump I was in. This work simply came to be because I wanted to showcase my struggle and how I felt I was in a constant state of trying to pull myself back up. A cast of an arm was used to represent “holding on for dear life” or “trying to pull yourself up”. The arm connects to two cast feet, the feet are my own. Burlap holds the arm and feet together, the burlap shows my connection to the raw materials I have been struggling with this year.
Stage Two: Holding On, 2019.
Everyone has something in their lives that brings them down and at times we are constantly pulling ourselves up. This work showcases the second stage we go through in hard and stressful times. Stage two represents the idiom “keep head above water”, it is when we are struggling but we are able to somehow stay afloat. The works themselves rely on balance and weight, making the sculpture appear unstable. The plaster balancing forces the viewer to recognize the weight of the plaster and the tension that is required to support it. It makes viewers aware of the materiality. The plaster is showcased by the colourful armatures and stands. The coloured plinths are meant to attract the viewer and activate the support mechanism.