Term of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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Thesis (open access)
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Department of Art
Patricia W. Carter
Committee Member 1
E. Jane Pleak
Committee Member 2
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.
Burch, Charles Pearson, "Captured Artifacts" (2006). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 140.
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