Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Steve Loar, M.A.

Second Advisor

Irene Kabala, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

BA Harrington, M.F.A.

Abstract

Long Nights, Big City Lights is an exhibition of wood sculptures that represent a woodworker's journey from the suburbs to the city. The works are inspired by personal experiences of growing up in a suburban town outside of New York city, and illustrate an outsider's perspective of the urban landscape. Made entirely of scrap wood, each piece is my interpretation of making something out of nothing in search of fortune, fame and freedom. The sculptures are composed of abstracted architectural forms that are intricately cut using only a band saw. No pre-made patterns or designs are used, resulting in a collection of architectural forms that are each distinctly different from the next, representing an idea that cities are the land of endless possibilities. The works are arranged in the gallery to provide a visual journey that becomes more detailed and developed as viewers engage with the objects.

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