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

Clara Paulino

Committee Member

Tom Stanley

Abstract

This thesis statement, along with my final exhibition of sculpture, is the culmination of my graduate studies at Winthrop University. My reflections upon my sculpture, as well as connections to other artists within the art-historical canon, have provided me with a foundation which will remain fast in the years ahead. Throughout my studies, my work has evolved and changed, yet commonalities remain. It is these commonalities, aspects of my own style that remain constant, that are explored: ambiguity, transparency, use of textile materials and repetitive units. My recent body of work, and the subject of my thesis Weaving in the Third-Dimension, is focused on notions of “primitive” and “modern,” natural and unnatural, and simultaneous past and future. In particular, three-dimensional hand-woven constructions have provided the impetus for much of the work. While I have a personal history of closely working with textiles, this new work is unique from my previous sculptures. I have abandoned the use of readymades, in favor of unique hand-made objects, while my attention to form, color, and a process-driven studio practice have remained.

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