On one hand, we as citizens want to be good citizens and address social and political issues in ways that make a difference. However, high-frequency, short timespan, highly sensationalized news cycles, we are probably inundated. But that is not the worst of the circumstance, it is also the case that we generally are overloaded with bad news, ill will, and fear-mongering. How bad it gets and the affect it has on our psyche are the core thoughts of 'Social Product.'
The video below is simply a capture of some work-in-progress.
This is my first sculpture that is not wood or metal sculpture, The work will combine poultry wire, tape and clay, with, projection video, and iPhones. It began with a chicken-wire structure for the head form. Somewhat of a caricature form of my own head, vertically long and narrow. I covered the wire form with gaffing tape, and then with papier-mâché, which I'll sand and then cover with gesso. Uncertain yet whether or not I will tint the piece, or rely on the projection video to provide the skintone.
The projection video is my face, of course, performatively expressing my feelings about many things we are all forced to deal with. What those things are specifically are unknown until on the other side, inside the form, there are a bunch of LCD screens (donated iPhones) which are playing video loops of various current events, and interview clips, press comments from leaders and influencers, and a variety of other emotionally impactful things.
I am scraping video clips from the internet, from news agencies, youtube, tiktok, whatsapp, 4Chan and other sites for the content of those videos that represent what we are exposed to hour after hour, day after day. The videos will be edited in to a loop that will be running from different starting points on six to eight screens inside the head shaped form.