Title

So It Seems

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina A. West

Second Advisor

Jill Frank

Third Advisor

Darien Arikoski-Johnson

Abstract

Memory is powerful, yet paradoxical. Fragmented and mutable, its pliability causes us to question the truthfulness of personal narratives and family mythologies. The assemblage sculptures in So It Seems are meditations on the nature of memory and how we construct stories about our lived experiences. By intertwining found and sculpted objects, I invite viewers to indulge in the human tendency to seek relationships between disparate elements. Each work includes figurative sculpture, employed for its historical function in constructing social narratives, as well as pre-made items that operate indexically and nostalgically, invoking time periods in twentieth and twenty-first century America. Relationships among the objects are idiosyncratically built in each viewer’s mind. These individualized constructions mirror the plurality of truths embedded within a single memory.

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