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Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
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.
Okun, Moriah, "Interspace Suit" (2017). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 34.