Title

Median

Year of Award

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Degree Name

Art

Department or School/College

School of Art

Committee Chair

Cathryn Mallory

Commitee Members

Cathryn Mallory, Brad Allen, Valerie Hedquist, Debra Earling

Keywords

Sculpture, Art, Absence and Presence, Memory, Digital, Analog, Prosthetics

Publisher

University of Montana

Subject Categories

Sculpture

Abstract

Median reflects my observation of changing forms of communication in the digital age and how that affects personal interaction, expression, and the value that we assign to objects. The sculptural objects in this exhibit stem from my formative experiences of frequent relocation, as well as a professional background in the fast-paced technological world. These factors, combined with contemplative and repetitive sculptural practices, help illustrate the anxiety and discomfort that can accompany rapid advances in communication practices. My research situates my work within contemporary art by drawing on the relevance of indexical signs, reliquaries, current discussions of communication in the digital age, and connections with contemporary artists such as Doris Salcedo, Rachel Whiteread, Allan McCollum, and Lygia Clark. Median explores the memories we carry, the traces we leave, and the role that the object plays in this dynamic.

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