The Seen and Unseen: A Dialectic in Weaving
Glusica, Katherine Mary
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.24).
Since the beginning of civilization the process of weaving has aided the human race in developing many systems and techniques. Weaving has been used literally and metaphorically to create systems that have helped to bring order and understanding to our cultures and societies. For example, the ancient Greeks expanded the weaver’s right angle of warp and weft into a plan for city streets. Even today, we continue to use metaphors of weaving to express and explain new discoveries that are perhaps not yet fully understood, in fields like neurology and physics.
In addition to the development of the Ur-metaphor of weaving, this research will explore the idea that the process of weaving can be developed into a dialectic system for understanding when there is a greater connection between the process and its metaphor. This thesis will particularly explore the use of visual art to express the literal process of weaving and its use as a metaphor to express the essential physics concept of particle/wave duality. It will also pose questions about how weaving, as a dialectic and metaphor, can be relevant to understanding the nature of paradoxical situations, in daily life, when what we think to be true is confronted with a contradictory truth.
The visual component of this thesis will be an installation of cloth that reveals both construction and deconstruction, the balance between the union and separation of opposites, a display of weaving’s parts and whole at once. The decisions about the formal aspects of the cloth are informed through the process of expressing the beauty of particle/wave duality’s dichotomous nature and its metaphoric connections to weaving. Their beauty and open, selfrevealing structures are intended to incite a moment for investigation that can lead to an understanding of their creation; an expression of the dialectic nature of the weaving process and a metaphor for particle/wave duality.
CHAIR: Smith, Jessica
TOPIC CONSULTANT: Mijatovich, Natalija
EDITOR: First, Deborah
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