Title

Rough Hewn

Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Marc Moulton

Committee Member 1

Jane Pleak

Committee Member 2

Christina Lemon

Abstract

Rough Hewn is the culmination of my research into aesthetics and form. It is a reflection of my appreciation of the raw surface textures and shapes that can be captured in wood; the "How?" and "What If?" of the objects, materials, and processes that inform my creative development. As I compose my sculptures working with rough-hewn timber, I consider the dichotomy of a material that is considered both utilitarian and beautiful. In my work I utilize scale, texture, and form to create a tangible connection between the object and viewer as I examine the relationship of rectangular forms to the human body. "The big pine tree in front of the house, standing still and unconcerned and alive...the overshadowing tree whose green top one never looks at...One goes out of the door and the tree-trunk is there, like a guardian angel. The tree-trunk, the long work table and the fence!" D. H. Lawrence

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