Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Throughout this paper I address topics of spirituality, time and rituals. These are things that I am constantly doing, reading about and experiencing. My art practice and the work I make are continually influenced by my journey through this mortal existence. Through understanding the movement of time geologically, physically and perceptually, I gain a greater understanding of the importance of this life and how I can become a better person. I have found that through rituals, change will begin to develop and I can better myself. These rituals range from personal to family and community development.
Some of the materials I use have a transformative aspect within them. Water and wax can change states multiple times becoming solids, liquids and gases. Clay chemically changes to ceramic once fired. By comparing and using the transformation and change of these materials, they can be used as a metaphor for human life. We can search and find what we need to change within ourselves to make this world a better place.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Carpenter, Samuel, "Transformation Through Mortality" (2018). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 102. https://doi.org/10.7936/K72N51Q4.