Built on Ritual - Daily Rituals
Foam Board + Hot Glue + Assorted Mixed Media
 8.5 x 9.5 x 10.5 Inches
The guidelines for this project were that we had to create a piece that connected to a form of daily tradition or ritual we researched.  As a Roman Catholic, I wanted to base my project around the ritual of praying the Rosary.  The various elements of this ritual are incorporated into the design of the finished project.  For starters, the structure of the project is designed to resemble a church since the ritual is primarily practiced by Catholics.  The church is designed in a pentagon shape with four of these sides representing the Four Mysteries of the Rosary (Joyful, Luminous, Sorrowful, and Glorious) and the front serving as an entrance.  Each of these Mystery sides include 5 windows which represent the various events from the lives of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary that you meditate on while focusing on while praying.  On each corner are 10 marbles representing the 10 Hail Mary prayers one would recite when meditating on these individual events (that's about 50 Hail Marys for each Mystery).  Atop the church are the crucifix, 4 smaller beads, and a model of the Virgin Mary to simulate the tail beads of the Rosary that you begin and end the overall prayer with. 
While I'm pleased with the construction of the piece, I feel that it could've used a few more coats of paint so as to produce a more unified, less sloppy surface.  This does not apply to the cross on top of the structure which, in my opinion, features too much paint in some areas.

Daily Rituals (right side)

Daily Rituals (left side)

Geometric Form
Foam Board + Hot Glue + Assorted Mixed Media
 20 x 4 x 12 Inches
For this project, we were instructed to create a 3D geometric structure using primarily foam board and whatever other material we wanted.  I chose to create my structure in an arch-like shape so that it could stand up on its own in a stable manner.  The surface design consists of a wide variety of different materials so as to evoke a more surrealist and dreamlike aesthetic.  Some of these materials include pipe cleaners, cotton balls, mulch, rocks, fake moss, paper, and pieces of foam board I had cut up and painted.  I feel that some parts of the structure could've had better surface texture, namely the white section that utilizes red paper folds.  I had originally placed these on the container first then painted them afterwards, resulting in some faint inconsistencies here and there.

Geometric Form (side view)

Geometric Form (rear view)

Wearable Multiple
Plastic Straws, Hot Glue, Paint, Ribbon
 4.5 x 6.5 x 10 Inches
For this project, our class was tasked with designing some form of "wearable multiple" (i.e. clothing) using everyday objects.  I chose to make my multiple a decorative mask that could be worn over the face.  The mask is made of individual plastic drinking straws stuck together via hot glue and painted accordingly.  To give my mask more visual flare, I decided to split it into 2 contrasting expressions: anger and happiness.  The red side of the mask represents the former emotion while the yellow and orange side represents the latter.  I think that the eyebrows could've been given more exaggerated expression so as to better distinguish the expression they're trying to evoke.  Thankfully, the mouth piece serves to emphasize this change in emotion.

Wearable Multiple (front view)

Wearable Multiple (side view)

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