A Wholeness of Modular Structures
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fibers
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fibers
Works cited: pages 24-26.
"Human beings are social animals. The self is made of the meaning of self-existence in social relationships. The need for belongingness and acceptance is humans’ fundamental desire for pursuing psychological stability. According to Gestalt theory, 'the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.' People are aware of benefits of living in groups in terms of sharing information and having safety in numbers. Animals live in groups because of these benefits as well. The honeybee society has a lot in common with the human world. The honeycomb habitat, a pattern built of multiple hexagonal cells, resembles the built human environment. In that, a whole structure is composed of multiple single units. I became interested in the relationship between myself as a unit and society as a whole. In addition, I’m also interested in similarities between a honeybee colony and human society. These interests led me to use the hexagon shape from the habitat of the bees’ society as a formative language in my works. As an art maker I explore how I affect an audience’s perception of the wholeness through the visual aspects of modular structures."
Keywords: gestalt, unit, modular structures, wholeness
CHAIR: First, Deborah
PDF : 26 pages, illustrations (some color)