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Florida Gulf Coast University
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ANDREA MUCCI

BAIT

Senior Project FALL 2017

My work is influenced by the urge to escape the constraints of contemporary society and become more connected to nature. I think of everyday life as a state of captivity in which the human animal is living, confined by society’s expectations. I feel free from these constraints when I am outside in nature, surrounded by tall trees and the sounds of the forest. I believe the human animal requires a strong connection to the natural world in order to thrive. Humanity forgets that we are just another animal and that while captivity can be beneficial in some ways, it can also be harmful.  I was intrigued by repeated references to “going off the grid” in the mass media. I view this emerging phenomenon as the human animal rebelling against a state of technological captivity. Consequently, we witness increasing human desires to be connected to nature.


I sculpted each humanoid figure out of clay using one of three clay bodies. I chose which heads to give each of the figures based upon the animals with which I feel the most connected.  The humanoid figures display a wide variety of emotions through their body language and facial expressions. Some figures are sad missing their homes in the wild, some are scared or angry that they were taken from their natural habitat, while others seem to have accepted their fate of living a life in captivity. Spring Trap was inspired by the feeling of complete desperation to escape and be free society’s expectations. Box Trap is asking the viewer to imagine crawling inside to join the collection of trapped creatures on the wall.


I have used a wide variety of media in this body of work, clay and wood
being the most predominant. For this installation, I used red earthenware, white earthenware, and stoneware clay to shape and mold humanoid figures. I started by creating a solid form and then carefully hollowed out each figure. The figures underwent one of two firing processes. The red and white earthenware figures underwent the saggar firing process in which the smoke stains the clay body. The five stoneware figures were placed in the wood kiln and fired with no glaze on them. The woodfire and saggar firing processes the figures undergo leave organic and natural looking marks as well accentuate the beauty of the earthy material. Once the figures had gone through their last firing they were placed into wooden shadowboxes or glass jars and then attached to the wall. I crafted Box trap and the shadowboxes using wood and wire mesh.