Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Textiles

First Advisor

Brooks Hagan

Second Advisor

Lisa Scull

Third Advisor

Gwen Strahle

Abstract

The terrain vague is the interstitial fabric of city life. It is the space between and around the inhabited city – abandoned urban space that constantly shifts in form and function. The terrain vague is found in empty buildings, former factories, parking lots, along the train tracks, and in unclaimed alleyways. In these still and quiet places, a fragmented narrative emerges from the pattern of urban color, texture, and light.

I record these patterns in the structure of the textile. Warp and weft interweave in layers of experience. The curtain captures both the substance of our collective memory and the immediacy of light in space. It is a fluid threshold which contains these competing forces along a single surface. These curtains are a meditation on fluidity and flux within the terrain vague. They posit a flexible and democratic space.

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