Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Kevin Turner, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

BA Harrington, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Robert Sweeny, Ph.D.

Abstract

The thesis exhibition Manufactured Landscapes is a visual exploration based upon thoughts and experiences stimulated by unique environments. The goal of the artwork is to invite the viewer to investigate. This physical action of looking engages the viewer with the sculptures and gallery and is utilized to stimulate awareness of relationships that are constantly occurring between viewers and objects. The role of process and craftsmanship are also topics addressed in this thesis; both qualities are fundamental to the presentation of the artwork. Utilizing a central process and technique creates cohesion in the exhibition and aids in the interpretation of spatial relationships. Evaluating environments, artists and philosophies, exposes both the issues of place and the role of the viewer in experiencing art. The thesis provides an overview on how the approach and technique behind the sculptures and the development of its manufacture fits into the larger context of contemporary art.

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