Date of Award

2008

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Jeanne Quinn

Second Advisor

Scott Chamberlin

Third Advisor

Kim Dickey

Fourth Advisor

Yumi Roth

Abstract

My work explores notions of vulnerability, self-awareness and perception. I am interested in how the body explores space through the use of auditory, optical and kinetic devices. Spectator participation is an important element in this installation. In order to exploit human desire to have a relationship with things, the objects that I construct are made to promote intimacy and approachability. Fabrics, colors and forms, inspired by the fashion and musical motion pictures of the 1930s, are chosen specifically to entice the spectator into the role of participant. This installation is a social experiment of sorts, a mediated experience to explore and challenge expectation through play.

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