FEATURED WORKS: Hailey Van Doormaal, BFA '17
As an artist, my main intention is to entice the viewer towards my work by creating a stimulated sculptural space. I achieve this by creating simple sculptural compositions that are ignited with a sense of movement or reaction. Often times, my work does not have a purpose without the viewer’s presence within the space it occupies. When working with sensors, the viewer is able to conduct a sense of control over stimulating my art. The work depends on the human presence in order to have an elevated purpose. After anticipating the audience’s control, I have facilitated progression in my art through it being interacted with.
My work can be interpreted as an exploration of formal properties and aesthetics that causes the viewers of my work to respond emotionally. By applying different electronic media, I am also able to create as sense of purpose within the sculpture itself. This reaction is caused by the viewer’s presence in my art, whether that is dealing with their proximity or number of individuals in the space. This variable can cause a differentiation in the sculptures LED lighting. The interaction of light and geometrics are the primary focus of my work. This varies from the way light is applied to a geometric form, the shadows or reflections that it may create, as well as the existence of light as a geometric arrangement. This application of light with geometry often creates a sense of illusion, especially when combining different sizes of the same form. I am continually investigating how simple shapes can be transformed into dynamic compositions. - Hailey Van Doormaal, 4th year