Alexander Downey

Alex Downey is an artist and designer who works primarily with wood and metal. Alex is a senior in the Applied Design program at San Diego State University, and during the day he works as an engineering drafter. In his artwork, Downey enjoys creating interesting digital designs and bringing them to the real world through laser cutters, 3d printers, and CNC machinery.

Daniel Burchfield is a photographer and student at SDSU, where he’s studying for his BA in Multimedia. A Marine Corps veteran with 10 years in the service, Burchfield spent 12 years working in STEM, but transition to the arts during the Covid Pandemic.

Jessica Van Tran is a designer and student at SDSU, where she is pursuing her BA in Multimedia. A Vietnamese immigrant who’s spent the last 5 years living in the United States, she’s working towards finishing her degree so she can move into the Film and Television field.

Monstera-1

Monstera Sash

Date of Creation: February 20, 2023

List of Materials: Seed Paper, Jute Rope

Dimensions: 3' x 2' x 3”

Photographer's Name: Daniel Burchfield

Model's Name: Alexander Downey

Other Contributors: Jessica Van Tran ( Photography Assistant)

Conceptual Statement: Growing up I was always surrounded by indoor plants, and my mother, a landscape designer, taught me to appreciate how important nature was. I’ve internalized that lesson, and throughout my work have always considered the sustainability and source of my materials, and how that can change a project. In my work, Monstera Sash, I chose the iconic leaf shape of the Monstera genus for the laser cut forms, and used hand-made seed paper connected with jute rope. Alongside the material aspects, the sash was designed to hug the body and obstruct some movement of arms, evoking images of nature reclaiming an ancient structure. We focused on this idea in the photography, with a harshly lit industrial worker being taken over by this large plant. We wanted to highlight the natural aspects of the work, while being draped over a body that is completely at odds with it. The worker wears heavy protective equipment, representing an artificial world fighting against the natural beauty of the Monstera Sash.

Monstera-2

Monstera Sash

Date of Creation: 20/02/2023

List of Materials: Seed Paper, Jute Rope

Dimensions: 3' x 2' x 3”

Photographer's Name: Daniel Burchfield

Model's Name: Alexander Downey

Other Contributors: Jessica Van Tran ( Photography Assistant)

Conceptual Statement: Growing up I was always surrounded by indoor plants, and my mother, a landscape designer, taught me to appreciate how important nature was. I’ve internalized that lesson, and throughout my work have always considered the sustainability and source of my materials, and how that can change a project. In my work, Monstera Sash, I chose the iconic leaf shape of the Monstera genus for the laser cut forms, and used hand-made seed paper connected with jute rope. Alongside the material aspects, the sash was designed to hug the body and obstruct some movement of arms, evoking images of nature reclaiming an ancient structure. We focused on this idea in the photography, with a harshly lit industrial worker being taken over by this large plant. We wanted to highlight the natural aspects of the work, while being draped over a body that is completely at odds with it. The worker wears heavy protective equipment, representing an artificial world fighting against the natural beauty of the Monstera Sash.

Monstera-3

Monstera Sash

Date of Creation: 20/02/2023

List of Materials: Seed Paper, Jute Rope

Dimensions: 3' x 2' x 3”

Photographer's Name: Daniel Burchfield

Model's Name: Alexander Downey

Other Contributors: Jessica Van Tran (Photography Assistant)

Conceptual Statement: Growing up I was always surrounded by indoor plants, and my mother, a landscape designer, taught me to appreciate how important nature was. I’ve internalized that lesson, and throughout my work have always considered the sustainability and source of my materials, and how that can change a project. In my work, Monstera Sash, I chose the iconic leaf shape of the Monstera genus for the laser cut forms, and used hand-made seed paper connected with jute rope. Alongside the material aspects, the sash was designed to hug the body and obstruct some movement of arms, evoking images of nature reclaiming an ancient structure. We focused on this idea in the photography, with a harshly lit industrial worker being taken over by this large plant. We wanted to highlight the natural aspects of the work, while being draped over a body that is completely at odds with it. The worker wears heavy protective equipment, representing an artificial world fighting against the natural beauty of the Monstera Sash.

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