Create sculptures of personal meaning while investigating design, form, structure and ways in which objects convey context in an introductory workshop that encourages exploration. This workshop focuses on two- and three-dimensional design and how the use of objects – new and repurposed – defines form and conveys meaning. Students are introduced to contemporary and modern artists whose sculptural works exemplify the language of two- and three-dimensional form. Through presentations and demonstrations, you are exposed to a variety of materials and techniques that highlight the use of the found object in sculpture.
We make small clay objects from which silicone rubber and plaster molds are created. We learn to mix and cast white concrete as we reproduce the elements of our compositions multiple times. We go on to examine individual ways of attaching the pieces to the wall. Moldmaking and casting techniques are demonstrated daily.
The first part of the class consists of presentations and a series of exercises aimed at understanding the possibilities within patterns. Participants develop multi-part compositions. Individual and group feedback supports the development of each project. The class wraps up with the presentation and discussion of at least a segment of these modular sculptures.
Mariana Garibay Raeke received her M.F.A. in painting/printmaking from Yale University. Her work is driven by an interest in the potential for transformation contained in matter, and the wide range of permutations that a specific material can assume. Mariana teaches at Rutgers University, Newark, N.J.