Title

Purge

Date of Award

5-4-2017

Document Type

Thesis

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Degree Program

Fine Arts

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Shaun Cassidy

Committee Member

Tom Stanley

Committee Member

Alf Ward

Abstract

This thesis statement describes the eight hanging veil-like structures and sculptures that constitute my thesis exhibition work; it further comments on the movements, philosophy, and personal sensibility that most influenced the art making: Process Art, Taoism, and my own empathetic experiences. The movement of Process Art is discussed in reference to materiality and the physicality that goes into making these pieces. The influence of the Taoist philosophy is discussed in light of the unity and balance found in the combination of dualistic materials, and their relationship to one another, in these sculptural forms. Lastly, this statement expresses how the emotional states brought about from my own empathetic experiences and interpersonal relationships have had an effect on the way I manipulate the materials and on my construction process. My intention is to invite the viewer to follow a journey through the process of making these objects. This is meant to engage the viewer to investigate the multiple fragmented constructions that are unified into one form. As this exploration occurs, tensions created from the dualistic nature of the materials used and the emotional tension that is “recorded” from the action upon those materials elicits in the viewer their own emotional response. It is through intrigue that I stimulate the viewers' contemplation of their own emotional states.

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