The concept for my bottle project is death and life/rebirth. It is represented by one bottle that is dark and burnt out, while the other bottle is growing/bursting out of the debris.
My concept was originally fire and water, where I had originally sketched the melted bottle being submerged in water in the other bottle. As I melted the bottle over a candle, I began exploring how the plastic reacted to being held over the flame longer in one spot than another. The bottle did not completely melt and shriveled up as I planned, but I thought the result was more interesting than my planned sketch.
Seeing the “dead” bottle made me think of fireworks and what remains after all the color has bloomed and exploded in the air. To execute this concept, I took advantage of the Christmas decorations in the stores to make the second, non-burnt bottle appear like a firecracker containing springs that were about to burst out the bottle. Suffice to say, the firecracker bottle looked too “crafty” and as a class we agreed that the Christmas decorations were not working.
For my next iteration, I took a step back and just focused on what was working — the burnt bottle. It was simple and had no additional adornments. It obviously looked like death, and I began googling symbols for rebirth. I decided that I would also keep the second bottle simple and change it structurally by having it grow out of the burnt bottle. I cut the second bottle into strips and then twisted the strips to have more of a curling upward effect. I stuffed these strips into the various holes within the burnt bottle. I lightly burnt the strips to give it more of a hand blown glass feel and to smooth out the rough edges from cutting it. After I was done, it looked plain and needed color. I used India ink to paint the strips red.
As I was painting the bottle, the color and the feel of the bottle made me think of a heart. After I started adding paint splatters to the inside of the bottle, it started to look like it was pulsating. I poured some ink inside of the bottle via the top, and it immediately pooled out by using one of the bigger strips as a slide. I immediately, unconsciously referred to that strip as an artery, and I thought “That settles it.” This thing is a heart.