3D Printed Sound Sculptures
Inspired by historical and recent events, where the coming together of women’s stories and voices brought about change, I was compelled to create a body of work that told of the power of female voices and how by speaking out we can bring about meaningful change not only as a community of women but to oneself.
Through this series of tangible forms of women’s voices designed around the concept of the importance of women’s voices being heard,
I have made a series of forms.
They are made from the sound waves created by the female spoken word.
I did this by firstly recording women’s stories and accounts of trauma, survival, and healing, then using digital technologies to translate these sound waves into data, I imported the 3 words chosen by the women., trauma survival, and awaiting. The sound waves from these 3 words were turned into data, this data is transferred and used by the 3D printer to produce a print of the women’s words, which is then used to create a model.
This model was then cast in plaster to create a mould. From the mould Ceramic slip casts were created. Other mediums such as plastic and Perspex were used to create the body of work.
I wanted to capture each word in a 3D form to tell a story of the strength and bravery of the women, how they have experienced trauma but spoke out and sought the right help and support which lead to a road of recovery. Also, of the women still locked in trauma unable to tell their stories, we wait to hear their voices.
Trauma is different for everyone. It takes various forms and events. It can result in detrimental consequences for individuals.
Traumatic experiences involve, Psychological disorders including depression, anxiety, and alcohol/substance abuse problems, plummeting the individual into darkness and despair.
When making “trauma” I chose to make it in the black plastic filament, the plastic is a material that has a chemical structure rendering it resistant to many natural processes of degradation. The plastic also has adverse-affects on our life and health.
By linking these connotations and similarities to the effect of trauma and mental wellbeing I can show the long-lasting and devastating effects trauma has on individuals.
Black is representative of the darkness trauma plunges the individual into.
Survivors often wait years to receive help, while others never receive treatment at all. But for those who
acknowledge, accept, and seek the right help and support, these survivors can rebuild and begin a life of recovery.
When making Survival I chose the material porcelain because of it translucent beauty and the conflicting characteristics of porcelain which are fragility and strength.
Women who are recovering from trauma are extremely fragile and at high risk of retraumatization. This is depicted through the fragile nature of the porcelain. However, women who are in recovery for trauma have shown tremendous strength to have taken that step. This is depicted through the strength of porcelain.
White is indicative of hope, new beginning, and purity, all connotations of recovery.
Awaiting is for the women’s voices and stories yet to be heard.
It is made by engraving a sheet of clear perspex with the visual audio of the word “Awaiting” made from the sound wave of the women’s voice. This was then laser cut into shape and slotted together to form a 3D tangible sculpture of the word.
I have chosen clear Perspex as a medium because of its opaque clear nature.
I wanted Awaiting to be ghost-like, there but not there, emphasizing the fact that there is a place for these women’s unheard stories and voices.
All forms are displayed on lime green plinths, as lime green is the colour of mental health awareness.
The visual audio print out of each word is hung directly above its form to remind everyone of the form’s origins.