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Date of Award

Spring 5-2017

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Program

Art

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

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Unrestricted

Abstract

My thesis work investigates the transformative possibility of mediating the space between ourselves and others, the tension between solitude and loneliness, and the disconnects between mind and body, personal and shared experience, and artist and viewer. The basis of my process is stitching and coiling — a practical and symbolic act of joining together material that serves as structure and surface. I am inspired by work that explores this middle space, like that of Archigram, Lucy Orta, Lygia Clark, and Ernesto Neto. These artists first showed me what it was possible to create when the viewer’s body becomes the site of exploration and a point of activation, often challenging boundaries through the use of textiles. I also reference philosophical and psychoanalytical thinkers in order to translate abstract concepts such as loneliness and privacy into spatial constructs. Finally, I consider the evolving role of textile, and its customary associations of the domestic and the nomadic, within intimate environments.

Mentor/Primary Advisor

Michael Byron

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