Sculpture 1 Student Work – Joe Meiser

This page displays student work from the fall of 2013 and fall of 2014.

Project 1 – In this project students create a ceramic bust of a famous historical figure.  Students research the famous figure’s life, and collect images related to the figure’s interests and idiosyncrasies.  Students then use their written and visual research as the basis for inventive alterations to the project’s design.

Project 2 – In this project students read a portion of Italo Calvino’s Mr. Palomar and extract key concepts, metaphors, or imagery.  Students then convert these language-based ideas into a collage of images.  After learning the fundamentals of computer-aided design, students then interpret their collages into a virtual 3-D design.  Then with the professor’s assistance students use a CNC router to translate their virtual 3-D designs into styrofoam.  This project treats translation as a method of creative production and a subject of investigation.  What is gained in translation? What is lost?  Through these various stages of transformation, how do the ideas develop?

Project 3, “Animal Intelligence”, was a collaborative project involving Paula Closson Buck’s Worldly Writer Foundation Seminar, and Joe Meiser’s Sculpture 1 course.  In this project Closson Buck’s students created erasure poems while Meiser’s students created lost wax aluminum sculptures—the final result in both cases came from a process of careful subtraction.  Students learned about the intelligence of non-human animals by reading articles, listening to podcasts, and watching videos.  Students then extracted guiding notions from the material they researched and used these notions to inform their creative works.  By meeting with the writers at the beginning, middle, and end of the process, the sculpture students gained a broader understanding of the creative process, learning how complex ideas can be explored through poetic language, and how the oscillation between linguistic and image-based thinking can enhance one’s creative work.

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