Jewelry Self-Portrait

Create a self-portrait in the form of a piece of jewelry.  The portrait should be a combination of fabricated and found objects.  The self-portrait need not be realistic, just a representation—however abstract or metaphorical—of you or your identity.

To begin your project, you should investigate the many diverse options available to you for “jewelry.” Remember that for this project “jewelry” is a structure that holds/displays a repetition of objects by using the elements of design.    Explore other cultures to see what they consider jewelry (masks? neck rings?); don’t feel constrained by the western trinity of earrings, necklace, and bracelet.  You should also feel free to experiment with scale and other characteristics; your jewelry should not be an exact replica of any actual piece of jewelry.

The portrait should be a combination of fabricated and found objects.  The self-portrait need not be realistic, just a representation—however abstract or metaphorical—of you or your identity.  Do consider how the viewer will “read” the sculpture as a self-portrait. You must have one object that is replicated out of metal (one real, one metal copy).

Alternative project:   Chopper Self-Portrait

Create a self-portrait in the form of a chopper.  Use bikes you get from the dump to create the above self-portrait project.  Remember we can only weld steel to steel but can fasten other types of metal together by bolts, wire etc. If it is magnetic it is most likely steel. Check with me first.

Self-portrait Rubric

Grade breakdown:

/5%  Project Description/assignment:  You can summarize the project description or cut and paste.  Describe the “intent” (what the viewer will get) and what you think are the interesting parts that you were excited to do.   Also describe the challenges you see for yourself.  Perhaps it was a material you had never used or a concept you had not thought about before. With all your comments try to list at least one or two specifics.

/10% Lateral thinking:  Explain what you are trying to do at this stage and then show examples.  These are your “lists” (or other brainstorming strategies) that you made when generating ideas.  You might take a digital image and then mark it up digitally with notes and arrows or use sticky notes before taking an image.  It could also be a written statement.  It is up to you.   However you decide to do this, it should explain your thoughts and give insight to the decisions you made about your ideas and which ones to move forward.

/10%  Sketchbook/Drawings (3 different ideas, 4 pages of drawings for each idea=12 Pages total):  Take pictures of your sketch book drawings with your phone or SLR camera  and add comments about what you were thinking.

/10% Maquettes:  Photograph your maquettes and include them. Explain why you did these and how they were helpful.  How could you have done things differently to improve the finished work?  Could you have made them differently or used a different material?  Bigger? Smaller? Etc.

/10% Material Studies: Photograph your material studies. Explain what you thought you might learn from doing this and then what you actually learned.  This might be trying out a new material on a small scale to see what it does, it might be doing a full scale drawing to get a sense of scale or it might be trying out a painting style on a scrap before you commit to the actual piece.  The material study gives you a way to test out an aspect of the piece without committing to it only to find out it did not work.  Although this may take time it ultimately saves you time and gives the ability to find the element that works best with the overall intent.

/50% Finished Piece Reflection:  This is where you have a few pictures (probably at the top of your post) and write a longer formal “artist” statement that talks about the intent or idea you started out with and how the piece changed over the process.  Then evaluate the finished piece using the project description and the elements of design.  Also talk about the things you learned that you will take forward into other art making.  It is valid to have a piece fail or come out in unexpected ways but still have learned a great deal!  As artists we are constantly venturing into unknown territories (ideas/materials/styles/etc) and should be comfortable with a process that is rich in experimenting and play that pushes the limits (maybe even to failure). It is fine to put this at the top of your post even though it is the final step.

20% Self-portrait (collection of different objects, some with physical and personal history).

20% Appropriate contrast between Made and Found.  (At least one significant object made to contrast a found object)

10% Appropriate craft (with emphasis on Sculptural thickness)