Large created the sculptures by drawing shapes by hand on a digital tablet, after which she 3D-printed the physical polylactic acid (PLA) sculptures that intend to represent 2D digital forms seen on-screen.
“I was thinking about how I could design objects as we design images,” Large told Dezeen.
Presented in iridescent shades of bright green, yellow and purple, the sculptures are ambiguously shaped, with a liquid-looking texture that resembles molten lava.
“There is no coating or paint on the sculptures, so the colour is within the material,” said the designer.
Despite being digitally rendered, Large explained that her sculptures also represent handcraft, and aim to illustrate the shifting boundary between the real and the digital.
“I would say that they are pretty much handcrafted,” said Large.
“Of course the sculptures are mainly made on the computer, but their shapes are very much linked to the dynamic movements of my hands.”
Large noted that because her physical sculptures are created from “infinitely transformable” digital files, they suggest the possibility of morphing into something else too.
Other 3D-printed projects include an electric tricycle by Austrian studio EOOS that can be 3D-printed from plastic waste and a scent-infused 3D-printed room divider made from bioplastic.
Recent sculpture designs include porcelain paintbrushes by Oornament Studio that double as sculptures in their own right and an underwater museum off the coast of Cannes, France, designed by British sculptor Jason deCaires that is formed from six sculptures of fractured human faces.
The images are courtesy of Audrey Large.
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