Weight Studies

2016

All objects have mass, but some objects are useful primarily, if not entirely because of their weight. The functional application of these objects is derived from their mass.

    This collection of objects was created to reveal ways in which weight manifests in functional objects across a range of categories. I was drawn to weights as a typology to work within because of their fundamentality.  Functionally, they make exclusive use of gravity.  This simple directive gives way to primitive forms whose aesthetic considerations are often secondary. 

    I noticed that weighted objects almost always function as a component in a system; for example, they are fastened to the end of a rope, used as a counterbalance for an opposing object, or used to augment an external object's mass. In my assessment, I drew similarities between weights and small sculptures.  I interpreted both weights and small sculptures as having a mystique or charisma that derived from their shared functional ambiguity.  

    I chose to pursue the same vagueness I recognized in both sculpture and weighted objects when designing this series.





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