University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
sonia TERESZCZENKO: Epicurean Cast explores the use of digital technologies in close coordination with the human hand in the production of the final product. Formally, the work explores the translation of the human body and its sensual qualities into a terra cotta column.
The columns formal design takes on the qualities of the sensual human body. The female form was specifically looked at for the natural curves and movement within a figure. There are no hard edges and the detailing emphasizes the appearance of the column being in a continuous state of motion. The original making of terra cotta roof tiles also inspired the forms of the individual panels. Roof tiles were molded over the builder’s leg to get the same approximate size and curvature in each of the tiles. The column brings together the formal aspects of the human body as well as its origins of how the body influenced its making.
Unique molds were fabricated for each of the eighteen pieces making the column using a 3-axis router. Specific tool paths that the router would use to cut the molds were designed for the entire column. All of the tool paths were drawn in order to create effects throughout the overall form. Depending on the width of a section, the tool paths will either be evident and create a texture, or create a completely smooth surface. These tool paths also follow the shape of the panels rather than running parallel to one another, creating a vertical movement in the overall form.
sP: What or who influenced this project?
sT: The project was heavily influenced by Antoni Gaudi and his use of ceramics in Casa Batlló and Casa Milà in Barcelona. The work of Herzog & de Meuron also influenced the work with their combination of functionality and ornament. Erwin Hauer’s use of molds informed the process of construction of the individual pieces.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
sT: Reading Tai-Pan by James Clavell and Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez; Listening to Kanye West’s “Runaway.”
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?
sT: Herzog and de Meuron, Gramazio & Kohler, Antony Gormley, and Ai Weiwei.
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