Blog Post #2

100 Things:

100 aglets

100 shoe laces

100 pieces of cut fruit

100 leaves

100 coffee beans

100 pamphlets

100 bandaids

 100 corks

100 hair ties

100 nails

100 Q tips

100 hershie kisses

100 real kisses (on paper)

100 hugs (photographed)

100 k cups

100 sugar packets

100 strips of tin foil

100 broken pieces of pottery

100 photographed snow flakes

100 banana peels

100 peanut shells

100 packing peanuts

100 magazine clippings of people

100 discarded water bottles

100 tea bags

100 red solo cups

100 used disinfecting wipes

100 coins

100 pieces of popcorn

100 popcorn kernels

100 used batteries

100 bitten cookies

100 bitten apples

100 thumbprints

100 handprints

100 socks (unpaired)

100 clips of noises (outside sounds)

100 stems from fruit

100 coffee filters

100 misinformed headlines

100 fake news stories

100 ziplock bags

100 pieces of link

100 used dryer sheets

100 different flyers around campus

100 notre dame related items

100 people writing their favorite word

100 chunks of sea salt

100 strands of your own hair

100 strands of other people's hair

100 cigarette butts

100 pieces of cardboard

100 misplaced/lost&found items

100 burst pens

100 globs of ink

100 broken pencils

100 instruction manuals

100 black and white sprinkles

100 donated items from 100 students

100 empty toilet paper rolls

100 iPhone apps

100 dating apps

100 gaming sites

100 pieces of tape

100 pieces of floss

100 tacs

100 tic tacs

100 ketchup packets

100 mustard packets

100 condiment packets

100 napkins

100 lucky charms

100 bobby pins

100 children hair clips

100 used makeup wipes

100 used beer cans

100 yellow/orange skittles

100 red/purple skittles

100 playing cards

100 erasers

100 pieces of lined paper

100 pieces of grid paper

100 pieces of recycled printed on paper

100 shopping tags

100 bras

100 undies (male and female)

100 receipts

100 pieces of bark

100 gum wrappers

100 mints

100 toothpicks

100 nutrition fact labels

100 of the same food label

The week of the preliminary installation ideas for project one would fruitful in some regards and challenging in others. Explaining our ideas to the 5 other students in the class as well as to the professor was a great way to get the ball rolling and to get good feedback on our ideas we have just begun to further develop. After I presented my idea to the class about potentially making my object out to be 100 kisses, we, as a collective, immediately began brainstorming the various options that could represent 100 kisses. Since the act itself is not necessarily an object it was time to get creative on the different kinds of elusions kisses could take on and what I wanted my overall message to be. The message is going to be a crucial part of the development of this idea because of it is going to help determine the physical presence of this object, since there is many ways to go about represent the physicality of a kiss.

 A few questions come to mind when working out these ideas:

Is it about lip envy?

Is it about sexuality and ambiguity?

Will it require a statistical analysis that provides information on the act of kissing (i.e.

Will it be more representative of lip variety rather than affection/what kissing alludes to?

The materials I have begun working with range from photographs and/or scans of lips/kisses to both transparent and opaque papers with physical imprints of lips. One idea that I plan to begin working with is spelling out words like “envy” “kiss” “sexy” “hello” “Mmm…” with the collection of kisses, provoking the mind to associate the word with the action in either a complementary or juxtaposing fashion. Transparency and working with light will also be crucial components to my installation as that will be the aspects that incorporate space and environment to the piece. I am interested in the detail of the lips and experimenting with light, reflection, and show to exaggerate and focus on the details that the kiss mark leaves.

Some pieces that I have researched and that have provided inspiration for this idea are lit up pink neon sign installations with words that provide a direct context to the type style and color choice.