Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Title

Interwoven

Date of Award

2017

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

M.F.A. in Art

Department

Art and Art History

First Advisor

Matt Long

Second Advisor

Andrew Mcintyre

Third Advisor

Kris Belden-Adams

Relational Format

dissertation/thesis

Abstract

I am regularly amazed by the power of artifacts. Objects can translate intent, skill, function, place, and time, causing us to reflect upon the maker and past users. By incorporating basketry patterns on the surface of my pots, I am creating a connection to my heritage. My family made baskets back many generations. The patterns are incomplete and fade as they weave around the forms. This reflects the nature of objects that have been used to the point of collapse. We live in a society driven by partial consumption and indiscriminant disposal. When something exhibits wear, we get a new one. But I believe that wear and the patina of age generally improves aesthetics. A good repair can be a point of interest and suggest a narrative. Similarly, I am proud of my scars and white hairs; they were hard earned. In a way I am making work that is about myself, my struggle with aging, and my connection with history. I am using the language of basketry carved into the surface of clay to express human conditions including frailty, durability, repair, exigency, and reliability. These objects are signifiers of history, utility, and togetherness.

Concentration/Emphasis

Emphasis: Ceramics

Included in

Ceramic Arts Commons

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