After working on creating a copy of a familiar object and hand-sculpting an unfamiliar object, I was seeking ways to create an abstraction, or relationship between the two, that would be tied to my personal connection to them. The familiar object, of which I made a 3D printed model, did not seem familiar at all and felt alien — I felt disconnected because it did not have a personal connection to me in the sense that the original object had. My mother gave me this plant as a gift to feel at home in a new environment: RISD. However, after creating a 3D printed model, I felt disconnected. Moreover, I felt more connected to the hand-sculpted unfamiliar object: I made it with my own hands. For this reason, I felt there was an inversion of qualities: the unfamiliar object became familiar, and the familiar object became unfamiliar. I tried to depict this with an inversion in color of the wooden boxes. Inspired by museum installations, I wanted every part of my piece to have meaning. The position of the wooden boxes indicate a relationship of closeness and distantness, based on the relationships between the two objects. The object I feel closer to is elevated, given greater importance, while the 3D printed plant is made less important, as I do not have as close a connection to it. I then used inverted signs common in museum exhibits and finally made it even more puzzling, with the “Please touch” sign being essentially contradictory because there is a glass box covering the object.

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