Shea Hembrey’s Dark Matters, a risk assessment

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For our final Material Science project, our class has settled on a topic!

Having each selected a sculpture by Shea Hembrey from his exhibit “Dark Matters”—which was on-view at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery through October 20th—we will embark on the process of writing a risk assessment of our chosen materials.

For my final project, I chose the work raft (2012. 13 x 21 ½ in x 21 ½ in.).

This is certainly uncharted territory for me, as my object is made of guinea feathers, redbud sticks, lead, amethyst, chrysocolla, vanadinite, azurite, malachite, fluorite, quartz, selenite, nickel, calcite, garnet, citrine, turquoise, mica, touraline, topaz, and silk thread!

As for my classmates, their objects include materials such as straw, wood, foam, paper, burnt cork, moonstones, and various types of paints and inks.

There are bound to be oversights and ambiguities in the materials list (especially where adhesives are concerned), and so we are tasked with defining the methods by which we may characterize the essential organic materials in our objects and how that may affect our projections for the life of the object.

For our final work product, we must also consider questions of display, storage, visitor access, loans, acceptable future treatments or restorations, as well as other ethical questions.

Thanks for reading, and wish us luck as we embark on our first semester’s final projects!

~Kate Brugioni

Links:

Bryce Wolkowitz Galley

NYT :: The Works of Shea Hembrey

NYT :: “Dark Matters” review

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