Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Textiles

First Advisor

Elizabeth Scull

Second Advisor

Ursula Wagner

Third Advisor

Hannah Carlson

Abstract

The pieces that I create are monuments of the mundane; they are both garments and--through their installation--a place as well. They are portraits of loved people, embodied through hand labor and industrial processes. In this project I destabilize the idea of a memory palace--an imagined rational space which holds memory--and replace it with an ever-expanding memory atmosphere. From a palace of marble and bronze to a fog of salt tinged color, a sky turning, like a cut plum, from orange to purple, music carried on the breeze.

I map individuals, qualities of light, flashes of color and material. Specific moments and the faintest recollections alike are used to discover the physical counterpoints to my memories. I wrestle with the solidity and haziness of the past and the physical vessel that must hold these two qualities. The textile resides in a continuum between raw material and finished object. The garments, as manifestation of labor and personal history, are indexes of place. They are portraits and monuments to people I love.

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