Plaster Casting My friend and I went to long beach to try out plaster casting. He tried to cast his foot at first, but it collapsed when he removed his foot. We ended up both casting out hands. Mine is on the right and his is on the left. We dug out two, one foot wide holes that was deep enough for our hands. I collected some water from the ocean and mixed in some sand. I put my hand in the hole and filled the hole in with the wet sand. When I removed my hand, some of the sand from around my wrist fell into the hole, so I put my hand back into the hole, to reform the mold. I think that when I poured the plaster in, it broke the sand that formed the gap between my pinky and ring finger. I expected that might happen, so I formed a channel in the sand so the plaster would flow smoothly into the mold. Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough. When I removed the plaster from the mold, the end of my index finger broke off. Other than those two issues, i was surprised by how well it turned out.
This week I talked with Prem Muni. Prem is a second year Computer Science major. His dream is to start his own development company, to focus on game and app development. His goal is to be able to think up the ideas and have people code the apps for him.
Prem enjoys basketball and running. He is not in any clubs at the moment. He used to be in the App Development Club, but the club sort of disbanded last year without any warning.
Patricia E. Rangel
The journey that led Rangel to this installation started with her experimenting with using dirt in pendants. This installation was her way of further exploring different things to do with dirt. The pieces on display were inspired by the sights she saw on the way to a cemetery for babies.
This piece is called Trellises. It was made from grape trellises, which are used to support grape vines as they grow. All of the wood and dirt is collected from the roadside. The wood is arranged, and the dirt is compacted in molds.
This piece, titled A Racehorse that Never One a Race, consisted of a series of brass links that mimic the shape of a cemetery where babies were buried. There is a link for every baby that is buried there, and one single gold link for Rangel’s sister, Corine.
I thought this piece was quite interesting. Titled Potential, it is a large pillar of compacted dirt collected from various sites. It had many large cracks running throughout it. I asked Rangel about it, and she said that even though they look fragile, they were actually very strong. She then added that after the pieces are taken out of the gallery, she breaks them back down with a sledgehammer. She said that breaking them apart is the best part of the process.