Friday, September 23, 2011

New Design Blog!

Join me at my new design blog on tumblr! !

Hope to see you there!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Models from Yesterday

Just some of the Alternative Casting models I have been working on...
White Smooth Cast Resin and Red Flocking Powder (this one reminds me of zombies, therefore I love it.)
White Smooth Cast Resin

 Paper, Glass Beads and Dye

 Lemongrass Seeds, Paper pulp, Dye
 White Smooth Cast Resin and Glass Beads
White Smooth Cast Resin and Glass Beads

Fun with Alternative Casting

Last night's adventures in casting. It will continue into tonight.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Casting. Wax Studies: Degenerative Disease

Artist Statement: Wax Studies- Degenerative Disease
Trish Dobson

I feel an intense pull toward classic anatomical studies due to my intrest in Leonardo DaVinci as a child. The loose flowing lines and the attention to detailed markings have always been part of my aesthetic. In this project, I channeled my anatomical curiosity into a series that delves into the process of a degenerative virus eating away at a flesh-like form. 
In preparation for this series, I did studies on human anatomy and how it transformed from the skeletal structure , through the muscle systems, the tendons and veins, and finally being incased in the protective smooth finish of the skin. It is almost poetic how these forms ebb and flow into one another creating a network of communication  and stability.  Throughout the eight part series, I echoed the natural forms found throughout the body and slowly introduced the foreign "bumps" that resemble the virus consuming and eating away at the flesh. The final result is the transformation of the body from the skin to the skeletal remains. 

I  chose a specific complementary orange/blue color palette to reference the transition of skin tones, flesh, veins and bones reserving highlights and bright regions for the areas the virus was actively consuming. I feel this complementary system of color demonstrates the harmony and flow found in the human body and the highlighted regions show what happens when this harmony is disrupted. Also, the transition of warm color to cool color and the reserve represented the phenomena of cold and fever in the body, the two most common symptoms associated with disease. 

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Spring 2011. Casting. Week 8

So, I have been busy working on my wax studies. I am happy to say that everything is cast and being cleaned up. The first piece I managed to finish was the asymmetrical skin.  I am going to work on the series and take it from this warmer tone and work it towards a cooler tone as it begins to open and peel away.

I am also thinking about the Metals and Jewelry sale, I think I want to do a few different series. The first I want to design is Keyboard Key Rings. I know it is cliche, but many of the ones I have seen are pretty poorly made. I feel in some ways I can do them better and they are cute enough that I think they will sell well. I also am thinking of a series of copper pendants that are based off the T.S. Eliot poem, the Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.
I feel that I just want to live in the studio for the next few weeks and just create. I don't care what I make or how I make it. I feel the need to make anything and everything. I think this is a bad way to go about things because I don't have a plan.

Also, in the news today, I found out that a few of the Organic farmers have gotten together to sew Monsanto ( Finally! This has been a huge problem for years, where Monsanto seeds would infiltrate farmer's land and lead them to heavy fines and fees for using Monsanto seeds. And we wonder why food prices are high, when you are taxing and sewing farms over seeds that either blew in the wind or were maliciously planted in their farms.