Image and Word: Florence, Italy is a 2-week (May 8th-May 21st) intensive inter and intra-disciplinary program that addresses the question: “What are the relationships and differences between Images and Words, in this place, that give them the ability to express a creative narrative that can only happen here?”
Theme: Liminality; a threshold, a state of transition… a journey between origin and destination. Across workshops, we will explore “liminality” and how it relates to the written word, performativity, two-dimensional and three-dimensional works. With the life experiences we each bring with us, we will seek inspiration in the city of Florence, from its streets, its architecture, and its people. If you are at a point of transition or searching within your work and seeking to deepen your development, these workshops offer you a supportive and creative group dynamic with which to explore your concept and process.
Dimensional Drawing Workshop:
Walks through the beautiful and historic city of Florence will feed our sketchbooks. From our sketchbooks, we will select our best lines to create three-dimensional drawings, created from iron wire. Iron wire mimics the pencil line and allows us to draw in space. Layering our wire drawings, and distorting them, we will seek to selectively recreate lines from our sketchbooks, transforming them into a dimensional sculpture. All three-dimensional work will be completed using annealed iron wire, formed and manipulate by hand using only pliers. Various techniques on how to work with and manipulate the iron will be demonstrated, so no previous experience is necessary. Good hand strength will be necessary to complete this coursework.
Participants can expect to leave will full sketchbooks and multiple mini wire sculpture drawings or a larger more complex wire sculpture drawing. All of the wire work can later be combined with other mediums, ie: encaustic, paper mache,