Date of Award
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Have you ever felt a desire to get lost on a journey much larger than yourself or experience the thrill of the unknown? Think about a time you intentionally swam further out in a lake or the sea than you have before, or drove down a road without knowing where it would take you, or wandered around a new city without a map. Think about how you made the decision to push those boundaries. Remember how taking that risk in pursuit of an unknown made you feel, because it is that thrill that drives my artistic practice. Through my thesis journey, I explore alchemical transmutations, encyclopedias as universal knowledge, and the kiln firing process. Alchemical transmutations reference the literal definition of alchemy, which is a transmutation from one thing to another. Encyclopedias act as a metaphor for universal knowledge, as they are not specific to a subject or discipline. The kiln firing process involves “collaborating with chance” and allowing the kiln her own artistic license in my artwork. These elements combine to create an alchemical transmutation from a written language of encyclopedias to a visual language of natural processes and landscapes, and a transmutation from paper to ceramic and glass. In this essay, I describe a personal journey of exploration, experimentation, and how my art practice correlates to my way of life.
Gellis, Alyse, ""Collaborating with Chance"" (2017). Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers. 31.