At first it made me uncomfortable. This work of hers could be considered a big waste of materials. There was no real finished product that I would want to hang on the wall or display on a shelf. I struggled to understand the preschool STEM of it. There didn't seem to be a lot of obvious geometry and math that is evident when she plays with Magna-tiles. There wasn't much engineering going on because it wasn't solving a structural problem or creating new tools. I couldn't really see the value of any of it.
|A "small" set of layers.|
Glitter paint was used instead of glue.
Puffballs were glued between puffy stickers.
|Experiments in layers.|
At best, I would classify all this work as preschool materials engineering. I want to show you, my readers, the value of this work because I'm convinced that there must be. After all, she has been doing this work for more than a third of her life! However, today, when I looked at Anna's sculptures I am still perplexed by it. That her work leaves me with a burning question, a feeling of bewilderment, and the discomfort of not being able to fit it into my understanding of the world... Well, that might be the most valuable thing my budding artist can offer me.