Who I Am, Mask 5′ x 7′, Hand 6′ x 9′, Origami Box 10cm x 10cm
Cardboard Paper, Copper Wire, Clear Tape, Markers
I believe in doing at least one thing that scares you each day, but for me performing in front of people has got to be the most terrifying thing on earth. Standing in front of a crowd of people makes me think that an F on the assignment might be a better alternative. I wish I were like my 3 year old niece, who is as fearless as Jean-Claude Van Damme in “Blood Sport.” I hate to admit it, but I really contemplated bringing my niece to class and having her perform the piece.
In the initial stages of the project my main obstacle was not giving both the performance, and the body extension part equal amount of attention. I noticed that if I focused more on the performing part of the project I would shy away from anything that involved too much of an elaborate performance. On the other hand if I focused on the body extension part I would totally neglect the performance aspect of the assignment. Realizing this, I decided to use a mask as one of my body extension to help me in someway disguise not only my face, but also my fear of performing. The second bodily function I choice to extend was my right hand, the hand help with more of the performing aspect of the piece.
Like all my other pieces the main goal was to work with what I had available, I believe that working with the most minimal resources forces the artist to really on creativity. The materials used for the piece were very simple, cardboard paper, clear tape, markers, and staplers. The construction of the hand and boxes was inspired by origami tutorial I saw on YouTube. As for the mask I didn’t want anything to elaborate, I wanted the mask to have a human look but I wanted it to cover my face.
The inspiration for the piece was my fear of performing, however the meaning behind the piece was of my insecurities and vulnerability in expressing this. The mask was literally a mask masking all my anxieties, it also simply hide my face, which I though would act as a barriers from the people watching my performance. T
I am very proud of myself and in the final product of the piece. As I am with most of my pieces I do feel that there is always room for improvement. This project challenged me in ways that I have never been challenged, it arouse different obstacles that I don’t typically encounter in other forms of art. This experience has exposed me to a different and just a challenging art form, I has made me appreciate the act of performing art.