Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Transformation of a Proposal
The Interaction With Color Collection was developed from a fall 2011 proposal that I presented to an artist-in-residence program at a regional children’s museum. The proposal was intended to document the social interactions between people and objects from the museum’s toy collection. The transformation of the proposal into the Interaction With Color Collection occurred from my experience of presenting it to the museum’s committee and my own ongoing personal research. The Interaction With Color Collection has evolved from a selective grouping of objects, the children’s museum’s toy collection, to the role color represents within specific types of activities, characteristics of an object, and the human body as an object.
The proposal for the children’s museum consisted of spending a month’s time period studying the toy collection. I proposed to restage selected objects from the collection to visually represent, using the medium of video, the interaction between a person and the importance of color to the toy’s function. An example would be the Rubik’s Cube, which the movement is the varied colored squares. My restaging of this concept of the toy collection would have exhibited the functionality of the toys instead of the main focus on the toy being an object from a certain time period. The children’s museum uses this interpretation for the history of a child’s life. The video presentation of the restaging could have been an addition to the collection for the public to view the toy object in an active form. The museum’s collection tended to be ‘fixed’ within the display cabinets and the proposal did not come to fruition.
My own ‘fieldwork’ with the main focus of color and objects led me beyond my proposal for the children’s museum’s collection. From my ‘fieldwork’ came the understanding that the Interaction With Color concept contained multiple layers of an objects active form. Some examples are color as symbolic meaning in activities such as the traffic light clip, red/ stop and green/ go, symbols to maintain traffic flow. The clip of painting the toe nails, which the body tends to become an object of adornment and representing the body as object. These examples are one of many to how these social interactions are perceived by the public viewer and their social and cultural background influences. The collection presents a broader view of color beyond the singular view of my toy collection proposal.