Hugs Are Weird, These Sculptures Explain Why

Artist Rosalie Yu's 'Embrace' project seeks to "reveal the seemingly interminable feeling of vulnerability brought on by an embrace."

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Nov 23 2015, 4:30pm

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I'll be the first to admit: I am not convinced by the "Hugs Not Drugs" mantra. Two reasons: I'm suspicious of anything that rhymes, and getting cozy with strangers is exactly the kind of thing that makes you turn to substances. For collaborative self-portrait maker Rosalie Yu, at least one of those anxieties came into play when creating Embrace, a series of sculptures designed to "reveal the seemingly interminable feeling of vulnerability brought on by an embrace." In Embrace in Progress, Yu reveals the complex digital processes behind her 3D-printed works, which include 3D scanning, slit-scan techniques, and depth sensors, in order to come to fruition. Writes Yu, "These 3D-printed pieces recreate the act of embracing and are represented in a static form by the flow of movement twisted because of time. The final pieces reference classical sculptural composition while exploring new ways of approaching representation of motion and time." 

Watch Embrace in Progress below, and visit Rosalie Yu's website to stay abreast of the Embrace project. 

Embrace in Progress from Rosalie Yu on Vimeo.

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