The ice mask is composed of a gelatin mask placed on an ice surface that is layered on top of a foil sheet. The mask is a metaphor for ones identity in the present moment. Melting signifies feelings, and although you’re present in the moment you seamlessly become different with time. It is fascinating how the gelatin mask, in other words the identity melts into a puddle with time to a point where it’s unidentifiable. During the process of the ice melting we are presented with a continuation of ones identity, however not in a solid form but in a liquid flow of information or emotions in this particular case.
Observing the piece, a reference popped up in my mind of the Ophelia painting by John Everett Millais. Both pieces embody a melancholic tone and a female subject, however the ice mask has a contemporary aesthetic. Both pieces have the element of water present and sense of flow, however Ophelia is a painting and the ice mark is more of a sculpture or/and a performance. Because of the fact that the ice mask slowly melts over time, there is sense of time created through this process, while in Ophelia it almost feels like the artist wanted us to feel as if the time stood still.
Clearly this work has potential, and in order to further develop this it would be interesting to see the process behind the making of the mask. It is also worth trying different variations of placement for the ice mask to see what works best, however I think the way it was placed on the floor has worked well.
The work I have presented in the first Install was an internet sculpture that is composed of a readymade clay statue of Buddha and a projection. To start, I was interested in asking a couple questions in order to see how the audience has decoded some of the elements present in my piece. Firstly, I asked how did the audience interpret the grid, and I got some interesting responses such as the «net» and «kitchen tiles». From these responses amongst others I have realized that it was not clear of what was the function of the grid and what exactly it was supposed to represent. Next step for me was to figure out how I can represent a digital space using this grid.
« I really like the way you curated the room and that the ornament was on the floor. I didn’t realize that the projection of the figure was over the Buddha until you actually moved the projector a bit. It changed everything. It made it way more interesting.» – Terry Dimoulias
For the second question I asked the audience how they understood the projected flickering. There was also a lot of different decodings of the flickering and what it signified which helped me to further develop the project. «Self-correcting» was one of the responses in relationship to the flickering which I found interesting. I believe self-correction has a close connection with process of meditation, and that is something I am interested in further developing.
In response to this feedback I have reflected on my personal experience with meditation. I clearly remember how much I was surprised when realizing that It is not as easy to calm your mind as it seems to be at first. One second you think that your mind is calm, next thing you know there is a lot of different thoughts popping up which at first I was trying to block, however the longer I focused on getting rid of them, the longer they would stay. Instead, I was mindful of these thoughts until they didn’t have anymore significance. After, these thoughts caused no distraction and as result would fade away. From my point of view, the intrusive thoughts that pop-up during meditation have similar nature with Pop-Ads that occur during browsing. This is the idea I am interested in further exploring for this project.