So.. I’m not so sure where I want to start with this.. The man who inspired my valentine is the very person I hate to love. We constantly have to remind each other that no matter crap we have to put up with, it’s always worth it, and that we love each other with our body, mind, and soul. So my valentine goes as much to him as it does to the 3 parts of a person that makes a person who they are..
I chose a thin metal wire to build most of the piece, to show how the parts are connected and come together to make something amazing, even if they aren’t the same. I chose black play dough for his body to represent physical love. Biologically and really, just animalistic we yearn for bodily love. This kind of love seems dark, hard, plain to see and touch, which is why I chose black play dough. At first I wanted the body to be perfect but when I kept looking at it, and touching it, I liked him looking fragile and kind of worn down. It gave him character so I left him.
A friend of mine game me love fortunes for Valentines Day so I used those as my depiction of the mind love. This kind of love is black and white and plain, like the body, but it’s also logical. When I mention that I love someone because they are trustworthy, it makes perfect sense. So I needed linear text that was small enough for the piece and they just worked. However I wish I could have reached farther down to put the text by the man’s feet and horizontally rather than vertical.. Technical issues.. lol
And the soul, which seemed whimsical, light, and impossible to explain and track was the hardest to convey, so I just continued with the wire sprouting from the man’s body and head because all I know is that it is connected to the other loves. I initially used the water beads to so depict the colors I imagine love being in the soul (sky blue and lavender purple) but most of them would slide off the wire or crumble (Other technical problems.. ☹) But they kept falling into the vase I was framing it all in. That made me think of all the times I’d tried at love and it didn’t work out. The feelings didn’t disappear, but were just suppressed and overcome. Kind of like how something falls to your feet, so I left the water beads where they were ☺.
So, there it is. I was kind of relieved I didn’t have to explain it because I was really feeling like I was going to cry while explaining it. While I was making it I really was thinking about so many things me and my guy have gone through.. Ahh to much. So yea ☺
If I had an unlimited budget, in both money and time.. I would have a life size version of this and use sculpting clay to frame my boyfriend (who the black mangled clay man is based on) tattoos, battle scars, and all. I would also get a glass blower and make big glass bulbs to depict the water beads at the bottom.. use thousands of fortune cookie fortunes based on love surrounding his legs.. I would use a mixture of the glass bulbs and fiber optics to depict the part above the glass (the soul). Real flashy and special.. lol