Browsing SUNY College at New Paltz by Subject "Objects in art"
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Collective history: reparative and materialized memory: MFA Thesis - MetalThe forms and techniques within my work are varied, but have found focus in three pieces that work together to engage people with contemporary history. First, is A Public Memorial, which presents a collage of objects, sampling text and imagery from the media to present a view of our present moment. The second, Collaborative History takes the focus of storytelling and with a mind to decentralizing historical authority, asks others to share their stories and images of what’s happening in the world for inclusion in an archive. The Future Is Now postcard set then extends the idea of owning your perspective and provides the space and directions on how to advocate for your point of view by contacting your elected officials or community members.
Imposing order: MFA Thesis - MetalI explore the role of wonder and beauty in our search for knowledge, comfort, and security. Through optically rich material manipulations I fabricate objects of wonder and inquiry that regard the nature of truth and perception, and question established routes to understanding.
Studio: the immersion: MFA Thesis - CeramicsI am examining ways of understanding myself through objects by focusing on giving form to invisible embodiments of states like emotions, memories, and experiences. This allows me to explore the circumstances surrounding me and ask: Where do I get inspiration from? What do I hear and feel? How do I process the memories of everything I have been through? Exploring these unshaped things in my studio work allows me to give form to my accumulated experience over time. This work synthesizes and catalogs my relationship with myself through the objectification of invisible things.
Things left: MFA Thesis - PrintmakingThe spaces we occupy and the objects we value vary in degrees of importance at different times. The idea of “home” often encompasses a certain feeling of ambiguity and temporality that is always in flux. For some, home could mean simply a shelter, a vessel for a person to stay, a compartment to keep belongings, or something else, like a person, object or place. This body of work is an investigation into the possibility of cultivating that feeling of “home,” even just for a moment, where a connection or sense of nostalgia is open to experience.