Cardboard Cuisine

In 3D Studio: Sculpture, Whitfield sophomores engage in assignments that build technical skills and cultivate personal creative process. By working with a variety of media in three dimensions, students explore the notions of making, creative play, and experimentation.

With their Cardboard Cuisine project, students enjoyed a taste of a classic sculpture exercise—taking an ordinary object and scaling it. To begin, students were asked to brainstorm food, or food-related items, to create. After sketching out their ideas, students constructed their objects with cardboard, then surfaced with mixed media. Projects included a slice of pepperoni pizza, a hunk of cheese, a raspberry pie, a Bomb Pop, a slice of cheese garlic bread, a blood orange, and a biscuit breakfast sandwich, just to name a few.

The project is based on the principles of sculpture, primarily scale (rethinking the size of the object), space (where will the work be exhibited and how does the viewer interact with it) and texture,” said faculty member Curtis Erlinger. “Students had to really problem-solve with this project. I did not give them solutions, but I did give them a lot of materials and encouraged them to play with their food. These works are dedicated to the SAGE Dining Services staff--thank you for all that you continue to do!"

The Cardboard Cuisine sculptures are on display throughout the building. Additional photos are posted on Facebook and Instagram.

A student standing next to her cardboard sculpture shaped like a piece of cheese
A cardboard sculpture shaped like a watermelon is on display in the dining room
A cardboard sculpture shaped like a lobster is on display in the library
A cardboard sculpture in the shape of avocado toast is on display in the dining room
A student with her cardboard sculpture shaped like a breakfast sandwich
A cardboard sculpture shaped like a breakfast sandwich is on display in the hallway.
A student with her cardboard sculpture shaped like a piece of sushi
A student sitting inside his cardboard sculpture that is shaped like a pie
A cardboard sculpture shaped like a pie on display in a commons area

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