Semester of Graduation

Summer 2021

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

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.

Committee Chair

Schwerd, Loren

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