This video was created to document a wearable art piece for beginning sculpture, taught by Stacey Holloway at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. During the spring 2014 semester, I teamed with local creative and videographer Alan Collins for this first cut version of our video.
The music featured in the video is by The Mercury Program; the song is titled "to-from iceland". We hold no rights to the song "to-from iceland" and give all appropriate credit to The Mercury Program. Josh Campbell assisted with music selection, and we are huge fans of this band. Below is the artist statement for Cyclohexane.
Dissection and dissemination of a message into marks permeates our communication and understanding of ideas. The manipulation and interpretation of this visual grammar is so familiar, ambiguous marks can confuse, intimidate, or mislead the viewer. Cyclohexane attempts to unpack the process of using symbols to communicate, and how messages can be lost in translation between people of differing life experiences.
Just as symbols, like letters, make up words, the symbols of the stamps can be used to represent compounds (mirrored by the connected hexagons decorating the gloves). Just as words make up sentences, these marks can create a message. These symbols can be used to complete written mechanisms. The mechanisms, which explain exactly how a compound is made, are meant to communicate, instruct, and explain. A foundational understanding of marks, in this visual grammar, is inherent to understanding.
I believe the most complex, interesting, and innovative solutions lie in the intersection of life sciences and arts. My creative and intellectual interests lie in the process: the culmination of an idea; reflection upon current discourse; creative experimentation and dissection; and the dissemination of an image. Each individual, or viewer, brings to a set of experiences, which dictate their interpretation of such symbols. This interaction is incredibly stimulating to me, and motivates a great deal of my work.