prototype installation experiment#1
I needed to see if and how the forms are visible through the vegetation and if they reacted to the wind and light.
These biomorphic sculptures were regarded (before installation) as prototypes due to the fragility of the plastic fabric used to make them. Almost immediately during the install the spikes, branches, sticks etc immediately made their mark - easily puncturing and tearing the plastic. So the material will definitely be changed.
Usually I'm rarely happy with any work/installation let alone the first experiment although this time I was feeling really enthusiastic about it all (instead of pulling my hair out!). The forms appeared alien-like and foreign, but not at complete odds with the landscape, and the white knotted mat seemed to float.
Even without the mat, the morphs seemed to sprout like colourful fungi. At first, in the studio, I thought the forms may be too simple, although in the deeply detailed and textured environment the simplicity seemed to work.
The bulbous form, which I was originally questioning, looked good in the setting, although the silhouette of the morph was not appealing from every angle- this side angle was good, although from the front, there was very little form/shape.
The bulbs should fan out along the ground before joining with the white knotted carpet or have a narrow base (change the silhouette)
Anyway, this one was my favourite. I liked the silhouette and the light pink sections really glowed in the light. The phalanges also cast shadow, which added to the form. I can see this biomorph on mass, and I think most biomorphs to come will be derived from this form.
The white knotted carpet will be made in small grid sections that can be attached on site to work around existing vegetation/rocks etc
In the case of the bud morphs, I'm not sure if the forms work or not.... not so much "work" but add anything, They are more time consuming to make, and should have a direct and important impact, otherwise what is the use.....? The stems could just have a small bulbous form on the tip and it would do the same thing- colour wise and effect wise.......