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Originally started in 2011 to document a Ring-A-Day project, I now plan to use it for updates concerning my work and life! Follow for notifications of new posts!


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

RING No. 10

Today was the first day of school! It went very well. Before I taught, Steve P. and I went to get some coffee from Bucks and to catch up. I had not seen him in several months! After we finished our coffee we started walking back to our prospective studios. On the way, I saw something bright fuschia pink in the snow. I reached down to pick it up..... it was what I am sure is a remanent of some girl's party cup from the week before. (One of those neon plastic cups shaped like a wine glass) The piece was that disc that is at the bottom of the stem as well as a shard from the side of the cup. Steve and I agreed that this should be the start of today's ring.

I got back to the studio and cut an ellipse shaped hole in the bottom of the disc. I removed the remainder of the stem and filed the edge nice and smooth. So then I was faced with the gaping hole where the stem was formerly screwed in. I thought long and hard about what to put in there. I set many an object inside, but nothing I started thinking about what would link conceptually with the piece instead of merely aesthetically. I thought about how many people had probably overlooked that pink plastic before I came and picked it up.... I got to thinking about all the overlooked objects I pick up in my day to day life.... and that is when I went over to look at all my tiny beach findings. I looked through sharks teeth, shells, and other forms of debris that I had found over the years. I came upon my collection of pebbles. They ranged in color from deep dark black to snowy pure white. I chose the tiniest ones I could find so as to ensure the fit. (about .25 x .125 x .125 inches each) All of the smallest ones were black. I poured resin inside and all over the entire piece (there were many scratches and flaws and I thought this would enhance the vibrant color and make the imperfections appear minor, which it did).

Materials: Found plastic, found stones/pebbles, resin
Dimensions: 3.25 x 3.25 x .5 inches

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