Term of Award

Fall 2006

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia W. Carter

Committee Member 1

E. Jane Pleak

Committee Member 2

Tiffanie Townsend


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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