Author

Tyler Gaston

Date of Award

5-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Sean Derry

Second Advisor

BA Harrington

Third Advisor

Sharon Massey

Abstract

A man, stands alone... is an exhibition of sculptures examining the conditions of mortality, utilizing the tree as a metaphor for the periods of hardship humans withstand. The minimalistic wooden forms allude to the human figure, embracing surface cracks and other natural defects. The incorporation of metal and concrete place the abstract forms into a moment of conflict or healing. As a sculptor, I use these materials to create visual situations which invite the viewer to contemplate the challenges encountered in life.

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