Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia W. Carter

Committee Member 1

E. Jane Pleak

Committee Member 2

Tiffanie Townsend

Abstract

My art examines the possible existence of an unknown civilization through the presentation of sculptural art objects within the conventional practice of displaying artifacts in a public institution. Historically, artifacts have served as visual records of journeying to and returning from a far-away land, unknown territory, alien soil, or enemy battlefield. Whether that place is tangible or is a fabrication of our subconscious, the presence of an artifact represents validation of the existence of that place. When displayed, artifacts offer a pleasurable challenge to the viewer by evoking the possibilities of a lost civilization or adventurer's journey. I employ these concepts in a mixed-media installation of sculptural artworks titled Captured Artifacts. In this installation, the juxtaposition of the known with the unknown causes one to pontificate an unfathomable happenstance: the actual possibility of an unknown culture existing beyond the known civilization.

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