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Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2015

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts

Author's Department/Program

Art (Sculpture)

Author's Department/Program

Art (Sculpture)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Abstract

Where information is collected and superimposed, there appears a grey area of cacophonic disruption—a place where the activity of one simultaneously competes with and melds into the activity of the other. No discrete strain is capable of demanding a dominant role; what once had a specific timbre retires into the chord of a greater whole. It is within this environment of chaos that instead of retaining their collective identity as many sounds that contribute to an inchoate noise, those many sounds take on a new role as parts of one whole—a whole which did not always exist, but emerges as a part of the process, that whole which is newly born. It is this moment of change, this about-face from the many to the part, from the chaos to the one, that drives each parcel of my practice from concept to completion.

The works exist in a severed concept of space. The first is the stable space (of the wall, or substrate, or ground, or object) while the other half exists in the unstable space of the viewer’s experiential awareness.[1] I access this space by creating an environment that is inhabited by sound. Bill Viola refers to this experiential awareness as “field perception…sensing of an entire space at once” (Kelly 193). It is while the viewer consciously occupies this holistic idea of self-presence that the new whole emerges. The grey of the masses recedes, and gives way to a mass, a one with its own markers and patterns, a mass with a familiar but new identity. This transformation happens not within or on the surface of the work, but in the mind of the viewer. The shift is in the processing and the perception, and this awareness of that shift is the goal of the work.

Language

English (en)

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