For my main project, I am still unsure of what I want to do, but I have several inspirations that are guiding me. I plan to do some sort of art piece, with interactive or moving parts. I haven’t yet decided on what type of aesthetic to pursue, but I have a general genre or feeling that I want to capture in the final product. Most of the inspiration photos and ideas that I have capture a small piece of nature, in a sort of quiet and lovely snap shot that has a touch of wonder to it. In this way, I think that I want to create a piece that embodies some fairytale or fantasy elements to it, with natural materials (wood, metal, rocks, nature flora or fauna as subject matter).
I have been inspired by kinetic wooden sculptures. In particular, the one below (left) mimics the motion of a whale swimming via a sectioned sculpture and a crank shaft with support rods, which I find very beautiful. I like the idea of using wood to create mechanical parts, such as gears and drive systems.
Similar to this, I have been inspired by laser cutting. I like the idea of laser cutting individual pieces that could be assembled to a 3D sculpture. I also like the idea of laser cutting wooden gears, particularly planetary gears, to allow for interactivity and moving parts. I plan to utilize some sort of laser cut parts in my final project.
I also was inspired by crystals and rain, and how to sculpt rain. In particular, I am inspired by the dress that Kim Kardashian wore to the 2019 Met Gala. I love how the idea of droplets was conveyed through the medium. I have also been inspired by sun catchers, and crystals, as a beautiful medium that can reflect light.
Finally, I have been inspired by a woodsy, mystical aesthetic, that comes from a fairytale or fantasy genre. I like the warmth and happiness of the aesthetic, and that it seems kind and full of light. I feel like this would be a good feeling to pass through any piece of art that I created. I also like the idea of adding some sort of celestial element to the piece that I make, because I feel like it will further embody the feeling of wonder, and a window into a piece of nature that I want to capture.
I plan to continue to explore these different flavors of aesthetic until I land on a more concrete idea for the final project. I have a general idea of the direction to take, so I will continue to observe and brainstorm more ideas until I can realize a specific path forward.