Sculpture Presentations

In order to assess everyone else’s sculpture reflecting on ‘Jumping on my Shadow’, we lay them out in Waverly Theatre in a place which is relevant to the sculpture itself, and we went round each one as a group and discussed what we saw.

Everyone had produced some really interesting work and I was particularly impressed by Amy’s crates, the level of detail in Shelley’s documents, and Bridie’s bread was very convincing. I drew little sketches in my book so I could remember everybody’s, and a few words of what was said.

When it got round to my sculpture of the oven, I had placed mine up against the wall, about chest height as I felt that was the most appropriate place for an oven to go. It would have looked awkward and bulky in the middle of the room, and I feel it was nicely tucked away in the corner of the room. People’s initial reaction to it were; negative, prison-like, trapped, haunting, dark, scary. I feel they were pretty accurate reactions as the scale of the door made it look more like the concentration camp oven as opposed to the actual bread oven. However when I turned the box upside down, and revealed the different kind of oven that I had represented, there was a different kind of reaction.

Helen noted that the use of scale within my sculpture was quite interesting and that the brickwork made the door feel very daunting, yet almost like you wanted to poke your nose inside. I told her that I decided to scale the bricks to the bread oven instead of the actual building, because I wanted it to remain at least slightly ambiguous as to what else it could be.

Here are some photographs that I took of other people and their work which they presented:

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Making my Sculpture

As a brief, we got asked to create a sculpture which responds to ‘Jumping on my Shadow’ and expresses our personal responses to the play, its themes and characters. We were given 15 minutes to set up and present in the space, considering the scale and position carefully. We were also asked to bring research and developments, such as sketches, images and a narrative, that helped to inform our ideas.

My initial ideas to the brief were to potentially make a mirror, a wall, some bread or an oven. Although I really liked the mirror idea, I thought it might be difficult to execute so I went with the oven idea so I could show Grandma’s regret and self-blame for her sister’s fate.

I felt like a recurring theme of the play is Grandma’s guilt from her past and how she constantly reflects on a photograph of her and her sister, and remembers the date of her sister’s birthday. At some point in the play she refers to ‘the ovens’, which is ambiguous, but implies she might be referring to The Holocaust.

The oven is an important factor as it is constantly there in the bakery, and so is key to her life right now, but also a haunting reminder of what happened to Anna, her sister. Therefore, I wanted to create a combined piece which showed both kinds of ‘oven’.

I decided to recycle some of my model box from last year, and cut it down to the size that I needed, creating a box-like sculpture. I then added a ‘flap’ which would serve as the oven door when turned upside down, but could also be pushed inwards so you can’t see if when representing the concentration camp. I added paint to create a brick effect, and the doorframe fit to the scale I wanted; really small to make the box seem daunting and unapproachable. After some final paint effects, I added the barbed wire to finish it off and make it as lifelike as possible.

My last idea was to create a bread roll out of tissue paper and plastic bags, and this would remain inside the box whilst I was presenting, but then at the end I could flip it upside down to show the alternative oven, and remove the bread from the flap to give it a sense of reality.

I was pretty happy with what I managed to produce in the time limit and felt like my concept really had responded to the text and expressed my personal response like the brief had asked us to.

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The Ugly Duckling

As a year group we went to the Playhouse to watch The Ugly Duckling, which is a play based on the original tale and associated with the anti-bullying campaign. Although the play was relatively amateur, I was impressed with the children’s performances and I thought the set was simple but effective. I really liked how they used different children in each scene to represent the ugly duckling, in different scenarios, so that the children in the audience could relate to the story more, rather than just seeing it as an actual duckling transforming into a swan.

This was done through use of costume and props, e.g. one child had a guitar, other children had various pieces of uniform so we got the impression we were in a school environment despite the set being relatively ambiguous.

There was also an intereting use of time within the play, as the story seemed to be narrated by Hans Christian Anderson, who wrote the original, and he was wearing period costume which contrasted with the modern uniforms of the children. Towards the end of the production he became a child himself and merged in with the others, which suggested to me that he may have felt like the outsider himself, as we had discussed when reading the Tin Soldier.

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