I am currently taking a sculpture class that is touching on everything I hope to be working with. This class is teaching me the elements of design and has given me an entirely new perspective on functional aesthetics. The project I am currently working on is one of the biggest works I’ve done so far. I have been working with measurements of circumference, power tools, shrink wrap, and I have to make sure it’s pretty. This process has been so far part math and part trial and error – making scale drawings and translating them into life size was a learning curve I (and many people in the class) had to grasp. The strips of wood are of varying thicknesses, so some of the thicker pieces would snap if bent too far. Assembling rings into the cohesive pattern we’ve drawn out on such a large scale takes consistent and accurate measurements.
This project is leaving me a little bit overwhelmed at times. Doing math on a theoretical object and trying to translate it to this limiting medium leaves a lot of room for error. Many of which I’ve bravely run into. Unfortunately this caused a tremendous waste of time and materials. These materials are cheap and reusable so the impact on this particular project is not entirely detrimental, but in delicate and high priced field I plan on going into, this kind of amateur carelessness is not acceptable. Time is also a very valuable commodity and using more time to calculate and plan a procedure is arguably more efficient than spending time with trial and error.
Statistics in psychology has given me such a vast lexicon of understanding in the field of scientific experimentation and data analysis. The course spells out that quantifiable and consistently replicable data is the most viable means of drawing conclusions about our world, society, the universe, and any question that begs answering. We can’t know anything for certain. This class also teaches the necessity of questioning every piece of information being given to you. Being critical and independent is a defense against ignorance and manipulation.