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Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art & Art History
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The desire to still time, at once enduring and momentary, is the concern of my thesis work entitled The Quiet Stir of Circumstance. I am interested in experiencing and capturing unmemorable objects and occurrences to contain and mark passing moments. It is in the everyday that the memory of a single instance - to touch, to hold, to release - becomes the tempo at which both making and living counter conclusiveness.
My choice of objects and material contain the impulse to be remembered. Clay is a material with this capacity, compressing process and time into a singular enduring moment. Objects that threaten to decay or go unnoticed, found in close relation to the table or sites associated with making, are constructed from clay through the attentive process of touching and seeing. The act of touching wet clay, so often connected to the memory of a singular moment, instead becomes the desire to retain clays malleability, an act of suspending time. The overlooked become clear and present; reflecting the everyday back at us, although at a different pitch. These objects are playfully composed, as if scattered through a thinking mind, escaping clear beginnings or conclusions.
I am interested in creating sculptures that feel like they oppose the passage of time. It is through color, surface, craft and composition that I want the sculptures to slowly reveal and reward the act of looking and a feeling of stillness for a viewer; my initial feelings and experience in the cultivation of the piece itself.
Ferrante, James, "The Quiet Stir of Circumstance" (2018). Art Practices MFA Theses. 61.