Date of Award

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Sean Derry

Second Advisor

Sharon Massey

Third Advisor

BA Harrington

Abstract

Keeper of Lost Things is an exhibition examining how memory, time, and space can affect self-conceptualization and shape one’s lived experiences. This art exhibition consists of sculptures that are interconnected through the use of language, materials, and space. My artwork draws from personal narratives of women who have struggled with loss and emotional pain, yet who have gained strength and comfort through their pursuit of self-identity. The constructed and assembled forms are made from building materials and found objects which reflect home and private spaces. Materials such as plaster, beeswax, and string are incorporated into the pieces to reflect the idea of kept memories and time passed. Overall, Keeper of Lost Things is a visual testimony of selected moments of women’s lives, a metaphorical journal.

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