Eduardo Paolozzi, Michelangelo's David, 1987
These two weeks, I spent most of my time thinking about how I can divide a big scale sculpture into parts to be 3D printed individually and then to be connected. As I have a sponsorship from Sindoh (thanks to Hyein), I will need to print the sculpture in 30 parts and connect them.
Before making the cuts and deciding on fragments, I also wanted to think about fragmentation conceptually and decide how it would fit into the work that I am doing. This idea of the fragmentation brought me to think about Allegorical Impulse as we also talked about with Mina.
“Allegory is consistently attached to the fragmentary, the imperfect, the incomplete - an affinity which finds its most comprehensive expression in the ruin.”
Craig Owens, The Allegorical Impulse: Toward a Theory of Postmodernism
Thinking about the allegory, the appropriation for the sake of redeeming the past, the fragmentation, I came to recognize that the bodies of minorities are not only fragmented in the physical world by any kind of public violence, but there were also fragmented in the virtual world, in their own spaces.
Thinking about queer virtual spaces like Grindr, I came to realize that the bodies on them were not wholistic, but rather fragmented, faceless and incognito.
So, also coming from this common behavior on these virtual spaces, I also decided to fragment my piece, break it into pieces as the minorities are forced to be broken into pieces by the public morality.
And a quick note; trying to create fragments with organic looking cracks, also with the limitation of the scale that comes from the 3D printer is a pain in the ass..