I was working with the metaphor All of the colours of you. I started with a mind map if small sketches of materials and objects.
I then started to experiment with different ways of manipulating my chosen object for the piece. (this can be seen in my sketchbook).
For the final piece I decided to use mirrors, and a mask as my main objects. Originally the mask was to be painted different colours, then pva layered ontop of that, before finally adding a mixed skintone colour paint ontop of that. The plan was to then peel back some of the pva to reveal the colour underneath. However it didn’t quite work like that. When I tested this on a modroc mask I cast from the original mask the pva was not dry enough, so once I added the skintone ontop it gradually started to dissolve the paint ontop of it. This created a look of crakes/broken skin. I liked this so much that I decides to use this techneque instead. I also applied 2 small mirrors to the eyes of the mask.
The mirror originally started off with only 4 squares of colour with 5 round ones. I just felt this wasn’t bold enough, the colours (quality street wrappers) looked to be too much and too contained to 4 squares. So, I stripped the mirror and cut each of the 4 squares into 4, I then arranged them in a different composition, which created a more colourful interpretation of the mirror.
I then cut a piece if cardboard to fit the back of the mask, which I also painted skintone. I then glued the mirror onto the back of the mask.
The second mirror was always going to be just that, no alterations what so ever. But I needed to find a way to allow the mask to look into this mirror, that’s where the cardboard base came in. I painted it white and used modroc to secure the elements of the sculpture in a composition which would allow for my desired effect (i will explain that soon).
I knew there was something I didn’t like about my piece. I thought it may be because the shelf it was on did not allow for everyone to look into the coloured mirror as it was too high. So I moved it to a plinth. This made a improvement bit still wasn’t right. Then I realised I really didn’t like the white base. It looked too plain and there was to link between the mask and blank mirror. I thought I could use scrapped candle wax. Rainbow dust or rainbow drops to colour the base as they are all none traditional materials. Then I thought why not all three. So I used all three and wow it smelled amazing.
The concept of this piece is that the mask represents a face, the skin is breaking to reveal the underlaying colours, the colours of a person we don’t see. The mirror us for the mask to see its reflection, where the mirrors in the eyes are for that reflection to bounce back, as the eyes are said to be the windows to the soul.
The colourful mirror is for my audience to interact with the piece by looking into this mirror and seeing their own reflection in different colours.
I feel I achieved my goal of showing the colours of a person due to all of the above things. I also wanted to allow the audiance to see what they see and not automatically what I was thinking when producing the piece.
I had a lot of comments on how good it smelled, even though that was never really part of the piece I see it as a nice bonus as it seemed to draw people to it.
If I where to do this again I would go much larger, I would love to have a wall of mirrors with another wall opposite of masks with mirrored eyes. With gap inbetween to allow the audiance to walk between the two and really interact with the piece.