Acrylic sheet, Steel, Pewter
Pine, Concrete, Epoxy
Plywood, Ring-style turntables, Paint
It all starts with one little question. What if materials were alive and had emotions? Unearthing Emotions is an experimental project that introduces a new vocabulary for human emotions through combining materials in their molten states.
Living in an industrial world, we are used to seeing materials in certain forms, and using them for certain purposes. But have we ever wondered, what if materials could have lives? What if these materials that earth offers us had the ability to feel anger, hatred or love and euphoria? How would they show it? And instead of serving our physical needs, can they serve our emotions?
Unearthing Emotions is an experimental project that believes in the power of earthly materials to portray profound human emotions. By anthropomorphizing earthly materials such as iron, glass, aluminum, wood, glass and stone, we are able to look at ourselves. When materials are combined in their molten states, they have the ability to perform a passionate experience and poetically affect each other. Each combination creates a new story and a new emotional phenomenon.
This installation proposes a narrative where each chain link represents a passionate moment in our lives that becomes a turning point or leaves an emotional mark. Seeing our stories and our experiences through material relationships gives us the opportunity to take a look inside and re-live our emotions.
Unearthing Emotions proposes a new way of looking at materials and blending them in unconventional ways creates a new vocabulary for human emotions.
As the designer of this long, complicated journey, I would like to thank Ignite Glass Studios, chicago Crucible and Chicago Hot Glass for their engineering and fabrication assistance.
I would also like to thank Asli Uludag and Eric Lindsey for their expertise and advice.