Last week we conceptualized the tree, we brainstormed, drew our ideas on paper. We thought through how we want our areas to look upon the Utopia Dystopia tree. This week we had to dirty our hands literally. We had to give shape to our ideas. I would remember this week as patience building time. Working with new mediums required a lot of patience. As you have to allow time for things to take shape. Have to work patiently on the details and then hope & pray that your hard work does not go waste. Utopia Dystopia Goa progress week II continued to be an interesting week.
Utopia Dystopia Goa Art Project Week 2
First three days we worked in the ceramics studio. Our group was divided into two. I worked in Thomas’s workshop – which is a located in a quaint village in North Goa in an old Portuguese era house. Pottery is spread like poetry all over his studio cum home. Right from gate to his garden to Balcao and of course, the room & backyard have potteries in various stages of making. The kiln in backyard looks like the dream hut that converts the handcrafted clay into hardened terracotta or stoneware.
We learned how to knead the clay, how to roll it into usable chunks. How to engrave it using various tools. Most importantly how to join the two parts so that they do not come apart after going into the kiln. We learned how to make clay leaves by using actual leaves and their impressions on clay. Got to see Thomas creating various creatures in a matter of minutes while we looked at his hands in amazement. We learned how to give finishing to the molded clay when it is a bit hardened and is technically called leather hard. It was immense learning.
Junk to Creative
Last three days we were back at-site to work with junk to create stuff for the Dystopia side of the tree and the backdrop with colorful clouds. The red background walls now have stripes of bright colors that would be painted to emulate stack of clouds. Space was full of waste from our homes. Computers and their accessories entangled wires used toothbrushes to broken accessories like shoes and hair clips. Three days some of us worked on dismantling stuff. While others assembled some of the parts to create some beautiful pieces. At the end of the week, I had a stiff hand after cutting and braiding lots of wires. The work was tiring and the welcome part of the day used to be Chai and Samosa served to us – no we did not break for tea, but rather like hand workers had tea while working.
My favorite creation of the second half of the week is a fish created by putting the bottle caps on top of a base of footwear.
This week we also celebrated our mentor Orijit’s birthday.
Looking forward to putting all this on the tree next and see how the vision metamorphs into reality.
Recommend you read about Utopia Dystopia Art Project Goa week III & completion.