Semester of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Body/Mind:Matter presents the unfiltered experiences of living in a period of momentous instability. Three life-sized figurative sculptures stage my emotional journey towards mindfulness as a direct response to the pandemic and my growing concern for our collective future. A winding network of crocheted yarns and growing vines interweave the troubled figures to signify our complex dependencies upon one another and our environment.
The condition of the encumbered bodies is a result of the worried mind. Revitalized matter proposes reconciliation by introducing a sense of hope; decaying surfaces reveal new life; fused wires hold up under immense pressure; and soft woven fibers form a protective web. These encouraging formations indicate a pursuit of healing and seeking balance.
Ratcliff, Mary Ellen, "Body/Mind:Matter" (2021). LSU Master's Theses. 5352.