by Jacqueline Coonan for Build A Dream (2014)
To construct a visual representation of three wishes, my overall plan was to construct a small genie lamp with a large puff of smoke emanating from the spout. Three gift boxes would float above the smoke, each one representing a wish to be granted.
To begin this art piece, I utilized the packing peanuts, which were hot-glued together & primed with gesso, to fabricate the puff of smoke. To create the illusion of rising smoke & floating gifts, it was necessary for me to build a structurally sound, yet distractingly complicated, series of supports & elevations. A large variety of materials were utilized to accomplish this important task. Specifically, I used the hardboard, canvas board, wooden dowels, wooden discs, mannequin appendages, plastic spool, & cardboard (from the actual mystery box) to construct this sturdy support system. I also constructed a cardboard & plaster “floating” backdrop, in an effort to add even more visual interest, complexity, & dimensionality to the finalized product. The light beams, which radiate from the smoke (& ultimately from the display pedestal too) were also made of cardboard.
I made the genie lamp’s pedestal with the Styrofoam rod, mannequin base, cardboard, & wire. The decorative elements on the pedestal were made from the plaster & novelty ear.
I made the gift packages by cutting the rectangular mannequin box & wrapping the small squares in cardstock paper & plaster. Ultimately, the packages were topped with canvas bows & plaster tags.
Hot glue, E-6000 glue, & Elmer's glue were the adhesives used throughout the artistic process. Like the cloud of smoke, all pieces were initially primed with gesso. I primarily used acrylic paints when adding pigment to this project. To create the galactic imagery inherent to the support system & backdrop, acrylic paint was applied with spray bottles. The polka-dotted detail, which covers the light beams, was generated by hole-punching strips of card stock paper, painting them black, & gluing the hole-ridden paper onto the cardboard.
The genie lamp was molded from the clay & colored with metallic spray paint. A piece of metal wire, which purposely poked through the center of the pedestal, kept the lamp sturdy.
When “setting the scene” for photography, the cardboard backdrop was hung from my living room ceiling with a long piece of the provided wire. Lastly, an extra-large polyester tablecloth served as the environment for the finalized “Three Wishes” to be photographed in.
In all honesty, I cannot think of a better dream then beholding a magical genie lamp & being granted with 3 spectacular wishes. Can you?