<![CDATA[2015 Public Art At Wake Forest - Little Dark Places / McAdam]]>Tue, 19 Jan 2016 16:51:30 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[A Grain of Thought]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:41:38 GMThttp://publicart215.weebly.com/little-dark-places--mcadam/a-grain-of-thought1Many students rush through their days in and out of the library, to class, trying to get everything accomplished on their long to-do lists without ever paying much attention to the world around them. "A Grain of Thought", located outside the ZSR Library during finals week – a time that tends to be highly stressful for students – is inspired by the Indian tradition of sand mandalas, a meditative practice that involves making paintings and images out of sand. An aesthetic and colorful design during the end of the semester when the weather is getting colder would offer an opportunity for students to pause on their hectic paths and maybe just notice and appreciate something beautiful and unexpected, giving rest to stresses running through their minds. These colorful sand designs fill 3 shapes that flank the sidewalk that cuts through the circle outside the library, appearing as if they are fluidly extending off the walkway. The sand paintings will change over time and are inherently transient because of the effect that weather will have on the material and the potential for audience interaction. This work is open to interpretation, but the main goal is to offer students an opportunity to stop and refocus their internal well-being while taking notice of something out of the ordinary. 
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<![CDATA[Little Dark Places ]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:13:47 GMThttp://publicart215.weebly.com/little-dark-places--mcadam/little-dark-placesPicture
Little Dark Places was created to promote private and intimate discovery in the public sphere at Wake Forest University. The most basic unit of this “discovery” is measured by the first faction of the project, 100 Glass Bottles. My target audience is curious students, those who notice nuanced and irregular phenomena, such as the questions and tasks asked by Little Dark Places. In doing this, I want to share and celebrate, artistically and anonymously, the individuality of students around campus- beyond what academically or socially defines them. By distributing three hundred bottled messages around campus and encouraging student response, I was able to gather a small but interested following on the social media app, Instagram. I then used the page to share the four remaining factions of my project. The second phase, 9 Bright Ideas, features nine overturned light bulbs, each containing a small blue baby. This is the birth of a bright idea. The third phase is called Dead Flowers. This involved strategically pressing hundreds of flowers and distributing them in books around campus. The flowers represent beauty- even though they are decayed. Next came Three Morbid Pastries. Each "pastry" is made from preserved insects and sugar roses, all trickled with blood.  I displayed each on a traditional dessert platter and distributed them around campus. Lastly, I installed four miniature painting galleries in buildings around campus. These "Mirco Galleries" each feature their own titles and color scheme. The five factions of Little Dark Places are meant to be discovered- requiring curiosity.  

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