Silin Gu

Bond Fire

Class of: 2025

Major: Fashion Design BFA

Medium: Wood sculpture

Faculty: Aviva Maya Shulem

Prompt: During the next 5 weeks, students will develop a 3D object/artifact, which demonstrates its connection to the community you identify with or defines you, your belief, your personality, etc. The item can be a sculpture, a functional object/tool, a body “extension” (accessory, tool, object, prosthesis, etc.). The object can demonstrate or express feelings of connecting to a particular community (by choice). Students will explore how & why they feel connected. Consider how you can use color, shape, form, texture, scale to represent these feelings visually. This object can be inspired by project #1(Personal exoskeleton-shell).

While looking into the various communities that we recognize ourselves into, I realized the lack of notice we put into the idea of education, how our way of education affects our community and how education leads us to form new communities. It is all about the idea of influence and its ability to enable us to create knowledge and   nd our own communities anywhere around the world. Community remains within those that stays within it, however, as globalization happens, people such as international students moves abroad to receive a different education in a different environment. We understand community as we are in it, we dress and act in the way that our original group of people. As one goes into a new environment, there is a complete different style that we have to adapt to. While fixating on the fact that we are not in a familiar community and needing to adapt becomes something that we are obliged to do and is hard to do. Many of us miss the important point that international students like us  we ourselves become a community as after all it about similarity within the space and the similarity in issues that we face as int students makes us a community as one. Looking into modern days, we now already understand how community come to be through our own evolving self forming our own circles for various purposes. It is evident that community includes all within it and that there are multiple communities within one.