My work is questioning how we view sculpture and design, highlighting the importance of plinths in contextualizing sculpture, by placing functional objects on these plinths, they question what a sculpture is and where the line blurs between sculpture and design, for example, the plunger plinths are made from toilet pipes which I stuck together, this directly relates the plungers function. By designing plinths that relate to the object’s function I am contesting the boundaries between sculpture and design. Although there will never be an answer to the question of combining sculpture and design, I can provoke questions of what objectively questions and contextualizes these objects, apart from the obvious subjective visual elements that are on the surface level. For this project I found it hard to design an outcome as this is a widely known debate on how we define art and design, I struggled designing subjects ‘sculptural’ design but these were based on my own opinion of what appeared ‘sculptural,’ but through vigorous research and testing I found that I could not base my project on my subjective ideas, so I searched for fact-based answers to this debate, what I found was that the only thing that distinguishes these disciplinaries in the context of the object. E.g if a piece of furniture was placed in a gallery this would be viewed as a sculpture, and conflictingly if someone sat on a sculpture does this make it furniture. These are the sort of questions my plinths answer and visually layout how blurred the lines between sculpture and design are.
This body of work shows plinths that contest the boundaries between sculpture and design by contextualizing functional objects using plinths, framing them as art. This makes you question how we perceive sculptures and 3D outcomes highlighting the importance of context in how we view these objects