For Unit 1 in this Art course, I’ve sculpted a series of patterns symbolizing 3 different movements. The purpose of this piece was to demonstrate the pattern of the movement of my power animal and how a machine and a human mimics its movement. I am proud of the final product of the patterns using the wire.  The clay on the cardboard really represents the natural element related to my power animal. I learned that a power animal is an animal related to or most like you. 

Artist Statement

The artist: KG
Completed: September 24, 2012
Title of the piece is: A Movement From Earth
Materials used:

This piece demonstrates the pattern of movement of my power animal and how a machine and human mimics the movement.
The steps we took:
1) We explored the term Power Animals
2) We used the ICHING to learn about elements as a way of finding our Power Animals
3) We researched Power Animals
4) We observed the movement
5) We went to the zoo and observed the movement of three animals
6) We made a flipbook of our powers animal’s movement

One of my paths represent the motion of a jaguar’s legs when it’s swimming. Another pattern represents the movement of a backhoe as if it’s picking up dirt. The last wire pattern represents the movement of a person on the monkey bars. The clay that is spread out of the bottom represents my natural element, Earth. The colors basically match up to look like Earth or the ground, so that’s why I used green and brown as the colors. I also added the flowers because they grow from the ground. I placed the clay in between all of the wire patterns so it would be in the middle of the board.


1) We drew the patterns of an animal, machine, and human movements on paper

2) We sculpted the movements of each with wire
3) We made feet out of clay so the wire would stand up on a piece of cardboard
4) We covered the piece of cardboard with clay symbolizing a natural element of our power animal
5) We made beads to go through the path
6) We made beads to go through the path with clay.