The central idea of my concentration is the exploration of birds and flight. I began by realistically representing birds using a variety of three-dimensional materials and as my exploration progressed I abstracted and simplified in order to represent the simplicity and beauty of flight.
My first four pieces where created from direct observation of a variety of bird species and their behaviors using and combining a variety of traditional and non-traditional materials. As my concentration progressed I became increasingly interested in the sculptural aspects and how to abstract and simplify my works so they would represent flight. I began to focus on how to represent the wings of the bird and made use of repetition to illustrate movement. I experimented with a variety of different materials do this, paper, clay, books and found objects. In my final works I brought the bird in its entirety back into my pieces but maintained my focus on flight. Image 11 is created from a book in which I repeated a variety of folds in order to create volume and movement.
Score (on a 6-point scale)4/4
Rationale for Score
Some innovation and originality. The student also uses innovative thinking in the combination of 3-D media using found forms with manipulated materials (images 6, 11, and 12).
• Good understanding and application of 3-D design principles. The level of investigation of the ranges from quite sophisticated to superficial.
• Some transformation and growth. Although the work is repetitive at times, greater sophistication is evident in images 6 and 12, where literal expressions of the theme give way to more abstract interpretations.