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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
My interactive thesis installation, The Void Between Us, addresses the topic of human connection in relationship to the body. The human body marks a physical barrier between one’s self and others. While we exist in the same physical sphere as one another, our minds are isolated in our own self-centered versions of reality. Our bodies allow us to perceive others and be perceived—including having verbal communications—and, therefore, could be seen as helpful or restrictive in the social world. However, our bodies also allow us to engage in physical interactions with others, such as sex, which is a means to forming closer connections. The preexisting voids between the self and others is exacerbated through contemporary forms of communication, which cause us to have disembodied interactions. By researching works by artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Nick Cave, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, and Ernesto Neto, as well as having a background in psychology, I came to further understand these relationships within the context of art. I created The Void Between Us with the hope of physical interaction connecting people more deeply to the piece.
Blumer, Hannah D., "The Void Between Us" (2016). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 1.