Ink blots give OSU student inspiration for art

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Kitra art sculpture

Smith's sculpture "Care" is made out of old stuffed animals and was inspired by her grandmother.

The world of art is full of endless possibilities, and artists can find inspiration anywhere.

Senior studio arts major Kitra Smith finds ways to build small scale sculptures inspired by Rorschach ink blots.

These sculptures aren’t just used as beautiful art; they’re also used to depict emotion within others. Smith has done research on the color psychology of graphic design and interior design. She explained how colors in a room have an impact on how people react to their own emotions.

“The color that you paint a room will influence the emotions of people inside of it,” Smith said. “Both interior designers and architects pay attention to that as they are designing the space.”

Smith likes to build these projects for people to interact with them.

One of her sculptures, named “Trigger,” is a darker red piece made out of JB weld and sand. Although “Trigger” evokes a somewhat gritty and uncomfortable feeling, other sculptures are similar or different in terms of emotion.

For a more personal perspective, one of Smith’s sculptures has a theme that goes back to her grandmother. This sculpture is called “Care.” It’s made out of old stuffed animals, including one Smith has cherished, called a “dream bear.” Smith's grandmother gave her this pink bear, which represents dreams.

“It was filled with a packet that had herbs, like lavender, that was supposed to soothe you to sleep but also protect you from nightmares,” Smith said.

Another sculpture, called “Pardon,” is made of small pages in a structured design of water colored with yellow, a major theme in this work.

“The reason I chose yellow is because yellow is actually one of the most divisive colors,” Smith said. “Lot of people say it's happiness, and I’ve heard some people say it’s anxiety.”

Smith, who got interested in small scale sculptures because of jewelry making, has been working on this series for a year and a half.

Smith got involved in art because her mother is a bridal shop owner and a seamstress. She said her mother has engaged in strange but interesting projects, such as making an airplane cover and creating a mobile dark room.

Smith is hoping to have a show featuring students' art work.

“I’m actually working with three other graduating seniors here at OSU to make a joint show for after our capstone show,” Smith said. “I’m going to try and work at a museum in order to be exposed to other artists and work in that community to make art.”