Joshua Beijer

Main Project Aesthetics: Plans and Alternatives

For my project, I will be creating a desk artifact that I hope to take with me into my career. It will have a resin skull inside a resin ball which will be in a wooden gyroscopic orbital stand.

Main Project Aesthetic: Memento Mori/Gothic


Brett & Kate McKay – October 29, 2012

My main project aesthetic revolves around the theme of Memento Mori, a Latin phrase meaning “remember that you will die,” and draws inspiration from Gothic art and architecture. This aesthetic is characterized by its dark, dramatic, and macabre elements, often featuring motifs such as skulls, skeletons, gravestones, and religious symbolism. The color palette is typically dominated by deep, rich tones such as black, burgundy, and dark purple, creating an atmosphere of mystery and introspection.

Bing DALL-E 3 – Joshua Beijer

I will incorporate this into my main project aesthetic with intricate detailing, ornate patterns, and elaborate textures reminiscent of medieval craftsmanship. I will also include a dark color palette and hope this will create a somber yet captivating artifact, inviting viewers to contemplate the transient nature of life and the beauty found in darkness and decay.

Alternative Aesthetic: Midcentury Modern

In this alternative aesthetic, the project takes on a completely different vibe with a focus on midcentury modern design principles. Characterized by clean lines, organic shapes, and a minimalist approach, this aesthetic emphasizes simplicity, functionality, and a connection to nature.


Bing DALL-E 3 – Joshua Beijer

The color palette shifts to lighter, more neutral tones such as white, beige, and light wood finishes, creating a sense of openness and airiness. Architectural elements are sleek and streamlined. The mood of the midcentury modern aesthetic is one of optimism and forward-thinking, reflecting the post-war era’s embrace of progress and innovation. It celebrates the beauty of modern design while also paying homage to the natural world through its use of organic forms and materials.

I would accomplish this aesthetic through a brighter color skull and a lighter color wood. I would also remove the unnecessary ornate features and details and focus on a minimalist design.

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  • My plan right now is to either laser-cut wood or use a router in the wood shop.

  • Vincent Tang
    March 6, 2024 9:01 pm

    Admittedly, your chosen aesthetic is a bit morbid but interesting nevertheless. Especially so with the images you’ve provided. Given the abundance of details you’ve entailed, I am curious about how you’ll fabricate your project. Will you use 3D printing, laser cutting, or another method?


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