Caroline Chase

Personal Exoskeleton

Class of: 2025

Major: Illustration BFA

Medium: Wire sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: For this assignment, we needed to create a "personal exoskeleton" that protects us from the outer world.

I wanted to create an exoskeleton that took away the sense of sight that allows us to make these comparisons . In order to do this I created a mask that block the wearer’s vision. When researching, I also found that blocking one sense makes others stronger and I wanted to explore this idea as well. I used the rhino beetle as inspiration for the exoskeleton’s shape, and I was inspired by gothic architecture for the detail. When creating the mask, I thought that wire would allow me to create the most detail and give me the desired aesthetic. Originally I had the intention of painting the mask black, but I ended up enjoying the look of the different colored wires.