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Wire Sculpture

Dimensions: 16 in. x 6 in. x 7 in. 
Materials: Metal, Spray Paint & Wood

For my design, I was inspired by the organic form of fire and how the flames rise. With this piece, I still referenced the original sketch but allowed myself to experiment with different sizes, arrangements and to create based on instinct. Starting this sculpture, I was a bit hesitant since I was using a new material, new process and working in a different environment. Although I was anxious at first, I ended up really enjoying the process, both the foraging and the welding process. 

The foraging process really required me to use my whole body in order to twist and manipulate the shape of the metal. The welding process allowed me to slow down, get comfortable and more importantly, trust. The more welds I created, the easier it became. Creating the pedestal was challenging because my measurements were a little off but with some help, I was able to put the wood pieces together. I applied red spray paint to mimic the color of fire. The spray paint process was repetitive but the addition of color created unity for my piece. 

Eat the Rich

Materials: Cardboard, Cotton Cloth, Wood, Styrofoam, U.S. Coins, U.S. Dollars, Filipino currency (Peso), Acrylic Paint, Large Plastic cup , and plastic beads.

This sculpture  addresses how money is a treat, a privilege, a luxury and something we look forward to receiving. It is also a privilege within itself to use money to create this piece. Through the use of American and Filipino Currency (Peso), .I was able to explore my Filipina-American heritage.

I recreated the Filipino dessert Halo-Halo, which consists of Ube ice cream, shaved ice, evaporated milk, coconut milk, shredded coconut, jackfruit, gulaman (gelatin), tapioca balls, leche flan and palm sugar fruit. I manipulated the coins by spray-painting them red, green, black and brown to mimic the ingredients such as the palm sugar fruit, tapioca balls, and gulaman. The shaved ice was created using large styrofoam balls and plastic beads. The piece is quite structured, symmetrical and uniform as it is formed by three parts. The first part is the table. It has a white cloth, customary in the Philippines, layered on top of  a red cloth. In this way, the table resembles an altarpiece in church, highlighting the value and religious nature of money. On top of the table, is a wooden tray covered in pennies. Using a tray, reveals the elegance of the desert. On top of the tray is a wooden stand covered in red cloth. At last, sits the desert. Within the dessert are Pesos folded  into candy (origami), a cut up pom pom to mimic shaved coconut and a scoop of ube ice cream made of styrofoam.  Beside the desert, is a money napkin made of U.S. dollars and Filipino pesos. This was formed by folding the paper money and weaving it together. In doing so, it creates contrast in patterns and colors. The textures and patterns from the various materials used, create visual interest. The variety of sizes create unity and harmony within the piece.


Dimensions: Headpiece - 20” ht. x 16” wd., Chest Piece - 22 ½” ht. x 13” wd.
Materials: Wire, Capiz Shells, and Jump rings. 

I used material from the Philippines to represent my identity. I am a first generation Filipina American.  I strongly identify with my Filipino heritage as it has always been an influencing factor in my life. My heritage has shaped my beliefs and values. My grandmother who was born and raised in the Philippines, has told me many stories about the Capiz shell. 

 This sculpture is inspired and dedicated to her. With the design of the sculpture, I wanted to create a piece with motion and structure. In the process of making the body mantle piece, I altered my original design to a chestpiece and headdress - a shell cap with long shell strains. The shells themselves were fragile, making the process slow and meticulous. In my final piece, I wanted to stress the importance of sound and movement. With the addition of wind, the shells attached by jump rings move and bump into the shell chestpiece. In doing so, the shells move and create a calming sound. The body sculpture’s various sized shells become unified in texture and color. The translucent quality of the shells allows for interaction with light. The repetition of shells allows for rhythm throughout the piece. The body mantle not only highlights the face but the alluring quality of the shell itself. 

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