Juliet Wang

Wave Back

Class of: 2027

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Plaster, Sea Stones

Faculty: Rebekah Laskin

Prompt: Inhabited Space- Mass and Casting: Plaster Casting Mass is distinguished from volume in that it has weight and solidity. Design a form to be cast in plaster which, although relatively small in size, conveys the monumental qualities of a large massive structure and addresses a cultural subject. Develop this form through research, sketching and plan/oblique drawings. Create a mold using foam core and other materials, and cast it in plaster. Look at the notion of affiliation to a cause or belief system as expressed through the work of an artist or work of art that you admire. Consider what this artist or work communicates broadly, or specifically. Which issues are addressed, and how? Design and cast a small plaster sculpture that looks through a similar lens to express a relevant cultural topic that unites groups of people. As well, utilize the idea of containment in this piece by creating a mold that allows you to cast an object in place.

The shape was inspired by water ripples and ocean waves. Growing up in a costal city, ocean has been a source of belonging and comfort for me. I wanted to create this wavy and smooth shape that symbolizes water and the nostalgic feeling that the shape brings me.

The resulting shape is a harmonious blend of undulating waves reminiscent of water ripples and the organic contours akin to a human or child’s form. My intention is to foster a tangible connection between viewers and the symbiotic relationship that exists between humanity and nature. By imbuing the shape with a familiar essence associated with children, I aspire to cultivate a similar sense of empathy and care towards the environment, particularly our oceans and waters.

Through this artistic endeavor, I aspire to kindle awareness surrounding the imperative need for environmental protection.

After de-moulding the plaster successfully I accidentally broke it. I decided to keep the parts because I feel like the cracks added a sense of fragileness and vulnerability to the piece that matches the theme of my work.

I sanded the surface multiple times aiming for a smooth texture. I did not paint the platter, I wanted to keep the natural quality of this sculpture.The decision to keep the broken parts rather than attempting to recreate the piece demonstrates a thoughtful and deliberate choice to embrace imperfections and allow them to contribute to the overall message.

The unintentional breaking of the plaster piece can be seen as a serendipitous occurrence, adding an extra layer of symbolism to this piece. The cracks in the sculpture now represent fragility and vulnerability, further enhancing the connection to the theme of environmental awareness.The brokenness of the piece serves as a metaphor for the delicate state of our ecosystems, particularly our oceans and waters.