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Empty Promises by katieshmatie Empty Promises by katieshmatie
comically known as "Why can't I hold all these promises?"

My final project for this semester's sculpture class, the assignment was to make something with rubber mold and welded components that falls under the postmodernist umbrella.

This work is a comment on uselessness. Specifically, the bullets represent empty promises. What are you supposed to do with all these empty promises? I've put them in a basket, which renders the basket useless, too. What's the point of a basket if it's only holding useless objects?

My hope in choosing to use bullets is to evoke a response in the viewer. Even if you don't get the concept of empty promises, hopefully seeing the bullets brings out some kind of response (an opinion on hunting, war, mass production, etc).
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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hmm interesting project. i don't think i understand why the bullets are empty promises though? maybe i am just not getting it :/
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katieshmatie Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Student Artist
It represents empty promises very loosely by following the track of thinking concerning politics, war, budgets and the utter uselessness of it all. It's not an important concept when it comes to appreciating the piece, though, because it also aims to be innocuous and unmemorable. Bullets were also chosen because they're something that hopefully will evoke some sort of reaction, feeling or opinion about their worth.

Thanks for your visit :)
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FrozenFeather Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ahhh i see

yeah that's what i was thinking, bullets have many definitions for people depending on how they were raised, culture, religion, and other things so it works well ;)
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katieshmatie Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you :)
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womanwelder Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I hope your critique goes well on this piece, I found it very powerful. Nice work on the basket. What gauge steel did you use? That wasn't easy to pull off but looks effortless.
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katieshmatie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Student Artist
Thank you! The crit went well, the entire class had marvelous work. I'm not sure what gauge it was, I just used whatever was handy and most appropriate in the welding shop. The woven parts are sheet metal so it wasn't all that difficult to bend around the posts.
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