thesis

Composing a Visual Conversation:

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Through the making of craft objects, I examine new modernism, a way of living that reserves time for contemplation, creation, and examination of the objects and space around us that inform our understanding of the built environment and our relationship to it.  This concept is a response to an increasingly universal contemporary experience, where we have accepted an unprecedented amount of stimuli through outlets such as social media and the intensity of our work schedules.  My work does not reject this common experience, but instead is offered as a balancing mechanism for those interesting in how the objects and space around them can affect their day to day lives.

The formal language I use supports the notion of clarity, where emphasis is placed on refinement and order.  Embellishments in form are minimized, and surfaces favor and reflect the making process over ornament or decoration.  Intentionally, subtle elements of disorder remain to juxtapose modes of precision, my approach of demonstrating the strength of a visual feature by simultaneously showcasing the opposite.  I apply these ideas to both ceramic vessels and sculptural objects made from clay, wood, concrete, metal and other media commonly used in the built environment around us.  Through my work, I aim to deliver a carefully considered and unique sense of modernity by way of the handcrafted object.

In the spring of 2013 I completed a thesis paper titled, Composing a Visual Conversation.  This work allowed me to clarify what I do as an artist and why my work is relevant today.  This writing continues to guide my work and bring focus to my creative exploration.  For anyone interested in learning more about my work, my inspiration, my process, and generally more about my path as an artist, this paper can be read here: Composing a Visual Conversation