Theme: Play and Force
Context: This week’s theme was play and force, and immediately my mind went to the phrase “forces of nature”. I began looking up how certain artists like Anthony Howe (https://www.howeart.net) utilized the wind in their art by creating sculptures that came to life with the wind. I decided to go with a different route however, and use heat for this week’s work.
I remembered how whenever we would light a candle, my younger brothers would play with the residual wax, either by dipping their fingers into it or pouring it out onto tissues and creating “sculptures” that stayed in place once the wax cooled.
I filmed the process here: https://youtu.be/SysWjXZ7Bd8
Method: I melted some candles and soaked a few tissues into the melted wax.
Response: I started out not really knowing what the result would be, the first tissue just turned into a clump and I knew I wanted something that actually looked like something, so I thought of trying origami. I tried making a lily, but the tissue was too thick and not firm enough to create anything that would stay in place. In the end I made an airplane and test flew it. The added weight allowed it to fly a few meters like an actual paper airplane, but not too much.