Students from three art classes at Norwalk High School (Pottery I, Metal-Smithing and 3D Design) created works inspired by their visit to the University of Iowa Libraries, Special Collections and their experience perusing and exploring the 1699 Spanish will featured in the 2016 paleography workshop.
Congratulations to the following students who submitted work: Amron Born, Bailey Hoch, Beth Sievers, Caitlin Belden, Cassidy Moore, Destiny Yaeger, Elizabeth Klawonn, Erin Abbott, Gillian Richardson, Katie Starace, Kellie Dell, Lucas Mallory, and Ruby Reineman. Browse through excerpts from their display statements and photos of their final projects.
Amron Born (junior) – Manuscript Necklace
The assignment was to create a piece based off of books that the art classes had seen on a trip to Iowa City in March. This necklace was based off of the ideas of words as pieces to be used to create something larger and incorporates pieces of text from the 1699 Spanish will. The necklace represents the idea of pieces needing each other to hold any real meaning. Any of the pieces would seem incomplete without the others, but when they all come together, they create something that they could not be on their own.
To create this piece, 12 shapes were cut out of the sheet of metal. The pieces with the capital block letters were created through the process of etching. The letters were traced from the book onto the pieces in sharpie, and then the pieces were placed into chemicals that would eat away at all parts of the piece except for the places where the sharpie was. The colored pieces were created by melting powdered glass onto the pieces. All the pieces were connected with jump rings.
Ruby Reineman (junior) – Piece No. 1
Caitlin Belden (sophomore) – Opening Reveals
My piece is a book shaped container made out of clay slabs. I wanted it to be a container because I wanted it to hold all the different ideas I have. That’s why it is titled Opening Reveals. By opening, it reveals a whole new dimension of thoughts that can be explored. I was inspired to create this because of the field trip I went on to Iowa City. We looked at literature that dates all the way back to the 1500s or before. One specific piece I decided to incorporate into my artwork. It was a will from 1699. The script had an elegance to it that showed how much work was put into it. I decided to get actual copies of the pages and glaze them onto the inside of my book.
When I started constructing, I wanted my piece to reflect a more worn, old type of book. To do so, I had to view different types of books from the pre 19th century era. I specifically looked at the binding to figure out how I wanted to replicate it. As I continued working the shape of my book that I planned stayed the same, but the design changed. I originally wanted the title on the front to be something in another language to replicate the inside. But in the end, I decided to make the cover in English so that it gives a hint towards what’s inside. Overall, this is my favorite of the pieces that I have made. It closely resembled my original idea. The construction turned out really well and I’m very proud that I was able to make it.
Destiny (sophomore) – The Words Left Unread
Elizabeth Klawonn (senior) – Seize the Moment
From the very beginning, I wanted to reflect time and all of the aspects of it. Not only are there many ways of telling time but there are many ways of using it. I wanted to figure out how people used their time and if they could have more time, what would they do? The “sand” in the hourglass became words that people said for what they would do during their time and if they had more of it. There are only twenty-four words, and these stand for twenty-four hours in the day. Lastly, I tied the rope around the middle of the hourglass to symbolize how we always want to slow down time and have more of it.
I originally got the idea of time when I looked at the texts in Iowa City. We looked at modern art books all the way to manuscripts that were hundreds of years old. Our class was in a room where multiple different stages of time were displayed all at once and I thought it was extremely interesting. Seeing all of these different periods of time, I wanted to show that in my artwork. I wanted to start near the beginning of time telling, the sundial, and move up all the way to modern day, the electronic alarm clock. They both convey the same thing, time, but you have to read them differently to understand. Time can almost be its own language.
I am happy with the way my work turned out. I feel like when you look at my work, it tells a story. You are able to understand what I am trying to convey. During this process, I did not think I ever really answered my main question, why is time important? There were so many different answers and it really depends on the person. I did learn more however about what time means to me. Time is not all about the seconds, minutes, and hours that we think it is. It is all about how we use it. We can spend our day with friends or spend an hour in bed crying over a broken heart. It is all time. It is a part of us personally and is what creates the memories that we cherish in the end. Even though we wish for more time in the end, I think it will all work out in the end and that is all that matters.
Kellie Dell (senior) – Mystic