Made of solely cardboard and twine, this piece discusses the power of change and simple transformation through gravity. It is a reminder that the weight of the world can make something beautiful through tension and balance.
"Defy" was a breath of fresh air during a period where it had been difficult to be creative: to wake up every day and decide to make something. To combat this artist's block, I decided to go back to the basics and get inspired by the city around me, Cincinnati. I was walking along the Purple People Bridge and thought about the sheer strength of the steel beams due to their triangular shape. At this point, I knew I wanted to make a piece that talked about transformation and incorporated tension, so finding the inspiration needed to fuel the basic shape of the sculpture was the final piece of the puzzle. Immediately, I went to the studio and started sketching.
This was one of those projects that affirmed why I am an artist. I spent days just thinking about how I was going to make this sculpture possible while only using twine to hold it all together. Every spare minute I had to myself just walking on campus, showering, or driving was consumed by thinking about this project. I loved diving as deep as I could into it. I spent hours drilling holes and tying knots but somehow I didn't tire of it. I ended up with a product that is beautiful and transforms itself and just as it transformed me as an artist.