Michelle Tusubira – Balanced Dualism

Artist: Michelle Tusubira
Title: Balanced Dualism
Media: Clay
Grade: 9th grade
School: Bentley Upper School
Teacher: Michelle Cho

This piece is used to portray the symbolic view of two opposites creating a harmony that’s supposed to be portrayed by the lilypad in the middle that’s supposed to sight beauty created between two complete opposites. The two opposites are the water and fire, the fire is supposed to show a corrupting mean spirit with a rugged, mean look while the water fish shows the peacefulness and beautiful soft looking spirit. The materials I had used to create this whole piece is completely clay. I used sculpting tools like a doting point to create stokes to mimic fins and carving tools to create depth throughout the art piece. I also used a straw as well and pressed it down the clay to create scale-like characteristics throughout the fish. Some challenges I had faced when creating this piece is making distinct details in the fish’s face so that the fish could actually look like one and portray those two emotions of anger and peacefulness. Yet some successes I had made while creating this artwork is creating the fish shape in general. I haven’t ever made this type of architectural sculpture before so I didn’t even know how to start when creating this but shockingly, I created the overall shape of the fish easily and it was a good start. Some things you should know about me is that I prefer to have more simplistic art with architectural features to have no exact district image of what the art actually is so you can make any meaning of the art however you’d like to. Since there’s no right or wrong answer.