Kiara Li

Self Portrait in Wire

Class of: 2027

Major: Communication Design BFA

Medium: Wire Used: 20 Gauge Galvanized Steel

Faculty: Robert Hickman

Prompt: This assignment requires students to create a self-portrait using wire, exploring the varying effects of different thicknesses of wire in providing structural support.

Exploring the creation of a 3D structure with wire was a personal challenge I eagerly embraced. Crafting my self-portrait using this medium turned out to be an emotional rollercoaster.

Initially, I believed a well-executed design sketch would guarantee success, only to face setbacks when proportions were overlooked, prompting a necessary redesign. Presenting the 3D face in class brought a mix of emotions; disappointment arose as classmates struggled to perceive it as a human face due to its small size. Yet, a shift in perspective occurred when I illuminated the artwork, revealing captivating shadows and rekindling my admiration.

This journey, marked by failures, successes, setbacks, and ultimate triumph, resonated with the intricate tapestry of life. Navigating self-doubt, seeking balance, and persistently striving for success mirrored the nuanced process of bringing my wire self-portrait to life. It symbolizes the challenges inherent in life’s journey and the continuous pursuit of creative and personal achievement.