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by Preiss, Elise, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 11; 1517767
Abstract (Summary)

In my thesis exhibition Autotelic, my goal was to expand and preserve our cultural heritage in the field of sculpture and enameling, while releasing the pieces from their respective traditions. I wanted to illustrate the aliveness and interconnectedness of the discipline and the medium, which for me is a cross between smithing, sculpture and enameling. Utilizing the intrinsic qualities of metal and glass I created an installation that engaged the viewers in a multitude of scales and sensory experiences.

Because metal and enamel have such a long history they are the perfect material for my work. By engaging with these media I become part of the long lineage of tradesmen who practice these crafts. I am connected to some very remote ancestors who, thousands of years ago, were already working with the same materials and accomplishing the same gests. Their touch, their mark, is in the material, and I do feel a deep respect for them and the knowledge they have passed down.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Speirs, Susanna
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Publication Number: 1517767
ISBN: 978-1-267-47394-3
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