2008, 2009


Your objective is to make a mold using a representational / recognizable object (also known as appropriation). The overall concept is to re- present the form using irony, humor, wit, and creativity. Your project will be publicly viewed on DCCC campus, so please be PG13. The content and sculptures illustrated in this project are created or influenced by artist MARK JENKINS.

Appropriation is a fundamental aspect in the history of the arts (literary, visual, musical). Appropriation can be understood as "the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work."[1]

In the visual arts, to appropriate means to properly adopt, borrow, recycle or sample aspects (or the entire form) of man-made visual culture. Strategies include "re-vision, re-evaluation, variation, version, interpretation, imitation, proximation, supplement, increment, improvisation, prequel... pastiche, paraphrase, parody, homage, mimicry, shan-zhai, echo, allusion, intertextuality and karaoke." [2] The term appropriation refers to the use of borrowed elements in the creation of a new work[1] (as in 'the artist uses appropriation') or refers to the new work itself (as in 'this is a piece of appropriation art'). Appropriation practice involves the 'appropriation' of ideas, symbols, artefacts, image, sound, objects, forms or styles from other cultures, from art history, from popular culture or other aspects of man made visual or non visual culture.[3] Inherent in our understanding of appropriation is the concept that the new work recontextualizes whatever it borrows to create the new work. In most cases the original 'thing' remains accessible as the original, without change (Wikipedia).


FALL 2011 project criteria


Practice making a tape mold from a simple form. A portion of your body always is a great place to start and develop ideas for a final sculpture. Consider using portions of an object. What elements can you integrate from the college campus into your idea?. Bus stops, cars (your car), trees, pavement, stairs, forest, ponds, the school itself, hallways, etc. are all possibilities. When deciding what objects to mold, consider size, scale, location, person, place, thing, corporate logos, whatever. Use the work of Mark Jenkins and DCCC students as a source of inspiration. be creative, B. E. creative. Also, remember, PG13!

Important: Consider options to support your project for one week without damaging school property (fishing string, tape, etc.).

-Clear packing tape
-Elastic wrap
-Scissors and a utility knife
-You may also experiment with different colored tape. (duct tape works well also; however, this may be more costly considering the size of your idea).
-For an online mold making demonstration CLICK HERE.