As you all know, I have finished my cardboard project. Well, I had to write an artist’s statement for it. I figured it would be lame and dead because of the guidelines we had been given for it. The second my teacher announced that it didn’t have to follow the guidelines and could essentially be anything we wanted to write about the piece, I was relieved, to say the least. As a side note, I have been cramming my brain with an unnecessary amount of art history knowledge for a test I have tomorrow at 9:30am…so I apologize for the short piece this week. Next week I’m off, so no excuses…hahaha. Without further ado, please welcome DEPENDENCY!
Claes Oldenburg once made a button that is broken. This broken button has been my inspiration of the cardboard door. The button is an object one often overlooks. It is always there for us. A button never cries or screams. A button never asks anything of us. When the loyal button breaks or pops off, it is suddenly all one can think of. In its absence, is brings attention. This situation is what I have recreated in the cardboard door. A doorknob is similar to the button. One can always reach for a doorknob and expect it to function, whether by turning or locking. In the event of a doorknob breaking, or popping off, what is one to do? A doorknob can call attention to itself through its absence.
The lesson of lost dependency is something that can change one forever. What can anyone trust if not a doorknob, or a button? Throughout the process of creating the cardboard door, I lost my dependency on the utility knife, the cardboard, and the hot glue. The entire process spoke to my concept. The knife nicked the cardboard in places meant to be smooth. The cardboard bowed and gave into the pressures of the knife. The glue failed to adhere in the correct parts and adhered to parts that it shouldn’t. To lose one’s dependency can be like finding a new identity, you learn to look toward yourself.
The critique started off with silence. No one understood why I had made a door with a broken handle (even though I told them at the beginning of the project…). I mean, it is a simple design so maybe that didn’t interest them. After I read the statement, they were all pretty into it. Can’t complain there. I suppose I became too familiar with my project and was surprised by the subtlety it actually has. Mystery is better than in your face this time.