Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Emily Cornell Du Houx
Daily distractions and interruptions are abundant and often cause anxiety, irritability, and impatience. The world is constantly in a battle for our attention making it difficult to be in one moment. Our continuous motion of both body and mind to combat these constant disturbances cause us to lose perspective, become quick to make judgments, and unable to recognize errors. We no longer take time to fully consider where our thoughts are leading, nor do we allow for a moment to let our thoughts go.
An object can promote open-minded thought by altering our perception or perspective of it, preventing automatic behavior, or letting our minds briefly wander. By engaging in this experience for a period of time, no matter how long it may last, we can briefly escape an overwhelming and overstimulating world. We are able to restore the mind to a state of possibility. 9
Kenttämaa-Squires, Leah, "Objects in mind" (2015). Masters Theses. 13.