Contemplation of a Place, Slow and Constant

Colton R. Carter


This thesis focuses on the complex nature of experience and the ability to capture its essence through forms of representation. I start with a narrative to give the reader a personal history and context that drive my work. I then go on to examine the moment in which an experience exceeds the mundane and becomes significant. I also examine the object and focus on its ability to act as a remnant of an experience and therefore become a means of self-reflection. I use the work Box with the Sound of its own making by Robert Morris and the work Inhabited for a Survey (First Floor Plan from Self-Portrait as a Building) by Mark Manders in correlation with my own to explain the roll of objects in the recollection. Lastly, I analyze a work by Tomas Demand, titled Poll, to focus on the photographs lack of ability to represent a moment fully.