This page has been developed to aid in the development of my MFA Thesis exhibition on November 4th, 2019.
Chief concerns are specified in the two main sections: Objects and Images.
Attached below is a working draft of the thesis and notes on key issues addressed.
Key Issues to be addressed in thesis:
Imagined Nature as a guide for inner wonder. Reference founders of Abstract Art’s use of Theosophy, early scientific processes, and automatism. Exploring romantic approaches to the Information Age.
Spirituality & Ancestry: Theosophy’s continuing influence in Abstract Art today
Telematic Art: craft traditions in a new media environment
Nature: Seeking symbols and spaces to encounter wonder.
Embracing hybridity in sculpture and image making through installation.
OBJECTS: Primary Concerns
(THERE’S NOTHING REALLY NEW HERE YET)
Free-standing sculptures will be developed from two previous designs. The “Figment Design“ and the Lithic Burst / ”Sprite” design. These ideas were developed on previous projects and the example images below are process and exhibition photos.
( Lower left: Inner Landscape, ATC exhibition, April 2018 / lower right: Flight Between, Root Division installation November 2018)
Lithic Burst / “Sprite” Design
Drawing of imagined cell wall, digitally rendered. Grew into two different iterations (the projected cast glass and the clustered paper mobile).
Images: Selection and Presentation
Which images do I use in the exhibition? Do I show multiple collections? A single collection? Selections from multiple collections?They all feels so important, but in different ways.
Should I create a catalogue for each collection? Print, Virtual, or Projection? A printed catalogue would have to be large. Would I include writing or sound?
Do I print or project? I think I would prefer to print, but then how do I display? How do I convey meaning to the viewer without overwhelming them? How will they work with the other objects in the room?
Illuminations: Enamel on Glass
Scanned Images of microscope slides that were layered and enameled.
Each slide is photographed in Large Format and scaled to: 300 dpi / width 36in x height 77in
Batch A Diptychs:
Illuminations: Acrylic on Glass
Photographs of slide paintings being projected onto screen. Slide paintings were created with acrylic inks and recycled glass projection slides.
Each slide is photographed in Large Format and scaled to: 300 dpi / width 36in x height 53in
Poems On Making
As part of an exchange program, I studied in Dublin, Ireland during the Spring and Summer of 2019. My course work included developing poems about my creative process. I hope to include them in the catalogue of my thesis work ( à la contemporary artist Laure Prouvost).
On New Sculpture
I choose to believe that a thing
can be dissected, morphed
a world without
end points is a voyage
into an augmented chaos.
On Painting Slides
High flow acrylics reach out
across recycled glass.
Smashed and pulled until
they are rivers
I blow through
and affix their stain.
A snap of the slide's frame —
a new body between planes.
On Ancestry as a Genetic Identity.
Who I am is who they were, inversely
beyond ashes and gravestone reliefs —
Bound together in the vast microcosms
of reviewed genetic material.
I hold them in the intangible field
of our intertwined predispositions.
Who we are would be so much easier to understand
if those connections were as clear as the double helix.
If emotions and memory could be documented
as clearly as the Hubble captures distant galaxies.
I will search for golden rules between us,
spirals and fractals in the fading light
And read my own palms until I discern
where they could have gone and where I could be.
Wisdom from a poet-prophet
called out to me on the train
at the edge of the west.
I followed his voice
to an island,
for an entrance
into the unknown.
But there was none.
Yet there I saw
my own yearning.
into my own
which no mystic preacher
could certify as their truth.
An expansive west, still calling.
On the Microbial
Oh light divine,
what helios could not bring to
and lightning could not make.
Behind a lens
a microbial odyssey —
laws of gods thus revealed —
Once more exposed
our beauty conjoining within
On Lars von Trier’s Melancholia: The Diamond
I stepped into a diamond
and saw the fractured prisms
that make a human soul.
Upon this new aurora
refracted yet silent
a yearning pinched my throat
blooming into a hope.
On Wabi Sabi
Leonard from Berkley says,
is about the humble and raw —
the minimal and penniless beauty
that was constructed in hardship.
Broken as exquisite —
ready for me.