Term of Award

Fall 2018

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Moultin, Marc

Committee Member 1

Hoelscher, Jason

Committee Member 2

Farber, Robert


This thesis examines the art work included in Kench Weathers’ MFA thesis exhibition. This work explores major themes such as the sacred, contemplation, optical illusion and paradox. The installations involve multiple three-dimensional geometric shapes that are formed with steel tubing (welded together). These works have various inspiration; both contemporary secular and sacred and are influenced by sacred paradox, both visual and ideological. The mixture of the two-dimensional with the three-dimensional creates multistable perception within the viewer. The work introduces visual and perceptual distortions of depth and dimensionality. These forms are nonrepresentational but act as a catalyst for the viewer. I create to escape, in hopes the viewer will have a similar cognitive experience. One could compare the aesthetic to minimalism wherein art objects focus on a pure form of the idea. My art is about arrangement and object and how they are presented and perceived by the viewer.

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