Shift is my interpretation of our assignment Poetic Function. For the assignment, we were required to change somethings function to something else. I chose to reduce something as precious/valuable as man to nothing more than a tool at my disposal. My tools in turn created the artwork for me, removing me from the art-making process, by walking across the campus/canvas. I named the piece based on a number of different reasons. I wanted to address our nation’s change from an eco-friendly (biodegradable powder was used) agricultural state to an industrial nation, I supplemented this idea by laying my powder down in a rigid rectangular shape. As the students walked through my inorganically shaped layout of powder, they would disperse the powder and detract from the inorganic shape, moving it into the realm of organic. I also wished to address the shift from natural environment to man-altered landscapes. Lastly, I wished to shift the cold, drab pavement (canvas) to a more captivating, color-splotched one.
With Shift, I sought to illustrate man’s impact on the environment and our inability to question the ramifications of our everyday lives. Running with Cornel West’s idea of the present culture and it’s obsession with ever-present stimulation, we are oftentimes oblivious to our beautiful surroundings and the impact we have on them.