Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Furniture

First Advisor

Patricia Johnson

Second Advisor

Ben Blanc

Third Advisor

Amy Goodwin

Abstract

I see landscape through my own eyes, hands and body, and also through the lenses of Chinese poetry, calligraphy and ink painting. These art forms are rich in metaphor. The way they imagine and depict landscape is romantic, often including observations on dual concepts as lightness and heaviness, movement and stillness, change and stability, all of which have inspired this collection of work.

These furniture pieces include benches, tables and lamps. They are abstracted landscapes, to spark imagination about natural forces and transformations, both through the process with which they’ve been made and through their final forms. I engage with concrete casting, bent lamination and stone selecting in making these pieces, which are processes that include chemical reaction, transformation and allow accidents. Their forms are abstracted from the landscape--curve, dimple and solid mass. I hope that they will bring about tactile connection with the environment through being touched and used. And most of all, they exist to help open up an empty space for senses and imagination to fill in.

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