Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Ian Alden Russell
In the summer of 2022, I had an epiphany about what an art-work is in its most expansive form: a circuit, activated by art creation, between self and others, and between them to wider worlds, and back to the self. ‘A GLASS CIRCUIT’ is the tale of my ongoing exploration of myself as a glass artist, the conscious discovery of my path, which is both consistent and incessantly changing. My works are the stepping stones that sustain my creative process as a glass blower and at the same time introduce experimentality, new questions, and new research topics.
The circuit is based on the triplet 'I', 'others' and 'world', and the three layers of relationships between them through the art-work.This is a generic triangular diagram, (hence the basic form of this book) which is personalized by characterizing the weight and the relationships between its three nodes. Each work or stepping stone presented here raises new topics and questions from the point of view of its node: for example, embodied interaction, sound space, the experience of depth in an environment that cannot rely on familiar objects, the simultaneous experience of inside and outside.
My thesis work, Olam, integrates insights from all previous works, with ’interaction’ as the unifying heart of my approach and extending similar weight to all three nodes. The inside-outside challenge is met by opening up my craft approach to art and contemporary technology.
Aravot, Ariel, "I, others, world - A Glass Circuit" (2023). Masters Theses. 992.
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