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Considered Materiality

As artists, we are responsible for highlighting issues we identify within society. One of the most prevalent issues is the manner in which we take care of our planet; unfortunately, most art practices and materials are not environmentally sustainable. Over the course of this research project, Professor Casanova and I endeavored to become familiar and experiment with sustainable alternatives to traditional art materials and processes. Examples of these include, bioplastics made using agar or gelatin, fungal structures, kombucha leather made from kombucha SCOBY’s, and a mold-making material consisting of gelatin and glycerin. After accumulating these recipes and techniques, we conducted research working with the materials to better understand their functionality, as well as the best technique in their creation. The resulting knowledge gained from our research contributed directly to Professor Casanova’s sculpture class, “Mold Making & Casting” which occurred over the winter quarter. Additionally, these materials and processes have been incorporated into my own artistic practice, some of the resulting artworks will be exhibited in the Senior BFA Exhibition at the end of this year. As we share our knowledge, these materials and techniques will become more prevalent, providing more artists with sustainable alternatives to incorporate into their practice.

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