SAFE OBSESSIONS – Chelsea Hart, Lexi Sigesmund

November 21 – 27, 2011

Chelsea Hart  (Cincinnati, Ohio). Western Kentucky University

Hair, Hand building with ceramics, glazing, framed drawings and notes on paper, varioius sizes

My work titled, “Hair” depicts the idea of hair changing, growing, and transforming throughfour different stages.  The first stage represents my hair as a baby with a hair bow, and other “baby-like” things: a bear, and a building block.  The second stage is what I hated from the ages of three to five, a hair brush.  I made this hairbrush distorted and colored dark to show how I felt when I was younger, and how I thought of this item as the enemy.  Stage three is more comical;

with small mannequin heads showing two of the many, many hair styles my mom has had over the years.  The two hairstyles I chose are some of her worse haircuts she’s had.  And the last stage is how my dad describes my hair now.  He says it is like hands that grab onto everything and don’t let go.  He says this from his experience with constantly cleaning out mine and my sister’s shower drain.  I made the hand exactly as I imagine it coming off of my hair and grabbing for something… most likely grabbing for the shower drain.

Lexi Sigesmund (Pittsburgh, PA). Miami University

Life of Lexi, Hand building, clay, glaze. Dimensions in cm: Baby – 21.5 x 17 x 9, Love – 23 x 17 x 9.5, Arrows – 28.5 x 20 x 13.5, Wedding – 22 x 22.5 x 16, Travel – 23.5 x 17 x 14.5, Riding – 24 x 16 x 12.5

I chose my study abroad experience in Florence based on my love of art, clay, and my Ceramics minor. For my first project, I chose torsos as a personal object to show stages of my life. I have been making torsos out of clay for five years, so I wanted to show 5 important stages of my life on an object that I deem significant. In Life of Lexi, I created a baby torso, love torso, horseback riding torso, travel torso, and wedding dress torso. The baby torso is the baby to toddler stage in my life where I played with blocks and puzzles. The love torso has a broken heart on the front, love quotes, and hearts to represent the love I’ve had in my life. The horseback-riding torso has a lot of significance to me because I have been riding horses for thirteen years and I suffered the loss of my riding trainer in 2005, so this piece is homage to him. The travel torso highlights some of the places I have been fortunate enough to travel to in the summer of 2011 like Israel, Greece, and Banff, Canada. And the final torso, the wedding dress is a replica of my ideal wedding dress that I dream about. Thus, representing stages in my life through my favorite medium to work in.