Art student makes life pandemic in new sculpture – The Vermont Cynic
In the lobby of Williams Hall, a three-dimensional sculpture hangs from the ceiling. This is a portrait of a young woman wearing a mask. Her deep eyes and flowing hair are drawn in black and white, making the patchwork mask of greens, yellows and blues stand out.
Daisy Hutter, a junior arts education major, created the installation for her advanced sculpture course.
The sculpture is titled “Self-portrait 2020”.
Hutter created this self-portrait sculpture in response to one of his class’s artistic prompts. The class was instructed to answer one of three concepts related to COVID-19 during the semester, âDistanceâ, âRemoteâ and “Mask” in a sculpture.
His inspiration for his mask piece was ignited by observing the consequences of the pandemic in his daily life.
âIt’s more than hiding our face, it’s hiding who we are,â Hutter said. âThinking like an artist is looking at the world around you and figuring out how to conceptualize ideas so that others understand them,â Hutter said.
First, Hutter assembled a small cardboard model of the sculpture in order to give shape to her ideas, she said.
âI really think in models it’s not economical or sustainable to go straight to the point without thinking about it. Models help me figure out what I want to do, âshe said.
To build the larger sculpture, Hutter first drew a portrait of herself on a plastic shower curtain using sharpie and posca pens. Then she sewed up a colorful mask and tied it to another plastic shower curtain that she placed in front of the first curtain.
She even cut and sanded the two wooden poles that hang from the beam by wires that hold the shower curtains. The majority of the materials were purchased out of their own pocket.
Depending on the angle from which the viewer views the piece, they can see her high cheekbones, textured lips, and defined chin that are hidden behind the vibrating mask.
Hutter said that you have to see someone’s whole face to get to know them well, because masks cover the bottom half of our visible emotions.
âI wanted to show my socially responsible side and then show myself the bottom half of my face,â Hutter said. âThere are people in my class whose lower half of their face looks like I don’t know. It’s crazy, I make connections with these people but I don’t know what they look like.
Hutter said that as a future art educator, she is excited to teach children how to channel their emotions and ideas of the world into works of art through different mediums.
âArt takes what’s inside of you and sets it free,â Hutter said. âArt is so therapeutic and important, that’s what we need right now in this pandemic. We need art.