Art+function: Transform 1.2

A recent commissioned project turned into a (retrospective) collaboration with my wonderfully talent father and took me full circle back to my starting point with mosaics. A 12" x 12" piece was commissioned from my Transform series as a top for a metal table built by my father. Transform was first developed as an invited design proposal for the Engineering Sciences program at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. It offers a nature-based visual metaphor for the creative process of automotive design/repair and industrial/manufacturing sciences. The imagery connects to the rolling prairie and farmland surrounding the college.

Transform | invited design proposal | c Heather Hancock 2014

Setting Transform1.2 within a metal table frame makes a material and conceptual connection consistent with the way I envisionedĀ Transform as glass elements integrated within hot rolled steel.

Transform 1.2 | glass, stringer, hardware | c Heather Hancock 2014

My father is a talented craftsman with a particular fondness for metals. Here's an example of his dimensional, industrial sculptures.

Gears | metal sculpture | Cam Hancock

His sleek, industrial style metal tables were the starting point for my work with mosaics. Early mosaic pieces were created as tops for my own metal table until I transitioned to creating art hangings. It was great coming back to these wonderful metal tables. This time with a concept exploring beauty in techno-industrial structure and function for my pilot+aircraft maintenance engineer brother.

Transform 1.2 | glass, stringer, hardware | c Heather Hancock + table by Cam Hancock 2014

 

Transform 1.2 | glass, stringer, hardware | c Heather Hancock + table by Cam Hancock 2014

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