Moss, Jennifer E.
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fibers
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fibers
Includes bibliographical references (p.32-33).
The materials used by contemporary artists have expanded tremendously in the past half-‐ century, but many of these materials have had uncertain lifespans, leading to art that is no longer fixed nor static. At the same time modern scientific advances in chaos and complexity theory have made their way into contemporary Western culture, leading to a greater understanding of the impermanence of our world. This paper argues that for a selection of contemporary makers the choice to use these short-‐lived materials is a conscious effort to gain a deeper comprehension of the nature of the human experience. Textiles, as materials that are highly structured and highly susceptible to decay, are presented as an ideal metaphor for the complexity and transience of life. The work in my thesis exhibition Transient Structures, which combines rusting iron with fiber, is described as the culmination of my own explorations of materiality and ephemerality.
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