Day Four: Red Wheelbarrow

We paired William Carlos Williams' ubiquitous poem The Red Wheelbarrow with Andy Warhol's equally ubiquitous Campbell's Soup Cans to focus on one important job of an artist: to recast the commonplace into a new light. This is a powerful tool as it allows others to see things anew which can be eye-opening, humorous, surprising, and consequently, revolutionary. 

We challenged ourselves to think about how one can take an issue that is of particular interest and communicate it using found objects and simple constructions to ask us to reframe our assumptions or to see the commonplace anew. 

Working in pairs we had one hour to agree on a topic and an approach. Below are a few results.

 Salome and Kyra assembled these found objects after talking about the mutability of ones sense of self. These small genderless babies (you have to dip their diapers in water to find out if they're boys or girls) are perpetually trapped in mirrors that reflect their own image. The mirrors are also decorative to superimpose a layer over their images. 

Salome and Kyra assembled these found objects after talking about the mutability of ones sense of self. These small genderless babies (you have to dip their diapers in water to find out if they're boys or girls) are perpetually trapped in mirrors that reflect their own image. The mirrors are also decorative to superimpose a layer over their images. 

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 Rosalba and Lexie, reacting to the  Dove underarm campaign  that promises women more beautiful armpits in five days, reimagined armpits in a world where they needed to more colorful, or softer, or more tactile. 

Rosalba and Lexie, reacting to the Dove underarm campaign that promises women more beautiful armpits in five days, reimagined armpits in a world where they needed to more colorful, or softer, or more tactile. 

 In the foreground - synthetic armpit hair. Shave your own hair first. Then, apply this for a baby soft armpit. 

In the foreground - synthetic armpit hair. Shave your own hair first. Then, apply this for a baby soft armpit. 

 Sofia and Stephanie worked with geometry, leaves, and historical artifacts to construct a tapestry. The were thinking about the tension between the rationality of geometry and the ambiguity of emotion. 

Sofia and Stephanie worked with geometry, leaves, and historical artifacts to construct a tapestry. The were thinking about the tension between the rationality of geometry and the ambiguity of emotion. 

Salome Milstead