Phasmeria

20Mar12

This week’s study in our Da Vinci class is about robotics and automata. Our assignment is to create a robot or automata, give it a name, and describe its features. For this piece, I was inspired by the class of insects that take on the shape and form of sticks and leaves, commonly known as […]

Reverie

06Mar12

This week we studied the Da Vinci themes of optics and light. We looked at several artists who work with light, such as Dan Flavin and James Turrell. We were invited to go to PS.1 in Long Island City to see James Turrell’s long-term installation: The Meeting. Our assignment was to make a pencil and […]

Folds

06Mar12

In our Da Vinci class, we studied geometry, symmetry, and folds this week. We also watched the PBS documentary film, “Between the Folds” about the art and making of origami paper folding. In Grand Central Station, I saw a ball gown in a store front made from paper. It was beautiful, especially the rosettes. This […]

Synthetic Fetus

22Feb12

This week’s focus is anatomy. Da Vinci cut open cadavres and made incredibly sophisticated drawings of human anatomy, and this is one of my favorite areas of his work to study. Our assignment: Study the artist Sterlarc and his practice. Inspired by his statement, “We are in the age of the cadaver, the comatose and […]

For Da Vinci class, we had to replicate the Study of “Design for Chariots and War Weapons” by Leonardo Da Vinci c. 1485, The Royal Collection. His drawing of horses in movement are amazing. Materials for this work include pencil, ruler, dip pen, sepia color ink, round watercolor brush, and watercolor paper.

I’m taking a class studying Leonardo Da Vinci, in which we try to tap into the polymath mind of the genius artist-engineer. His 7000 pages organized in codices serve as a creative framework to survey contemporary digital art. Throughout the course, we review digital art practices in the areas of his study and his inventions […]