Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Milner Reed, Meaghan, M.A., Kent State University, 2013, 17; 1555284
Abstract (Summary)

My thesis work, which consists of a series of small scaled, mixed media constructions, is inspired by the beauty and complexity of the natural world in which we live. There is beauty in the harmony and balance found in the intricate arrangements and order of a variety of living systems such as the rising and falling tides, human DNA structures, life cycles of plants, and the orbits and rotations found in our galaxy. Each work is intended to reveal the density and sophistication of these networks through layers of information and intricate detail. Found wooden cases, drawers, wire, reclaimed metals and recycled plastic, found glass objects, thread, monofilament, and mylar are just a few of the materials I work with to create my sculptures or assemblages.

The beauty and sophistication of the diverse elements in the natural world have inspired me to create these small scale assemblages or microcosms. Using science and nature as a foundation, I allow my interest in the reuse and transformation of found objects to direct the construction of these intimate environments. I hope the size of the work and layers of visual information entice viewers to explore the spaces and consider the numerous associations evident from my unique orchestration of elements.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lessman-Moss, Janice
School: Kent State University
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art history, Design
Keywords: Assemblages, Cornell, joseph, Craft, Found objects, Original artwork, Sculpture, Shadow box, Small scale, Textiles, Transformed materials, Wilson, la
Publication Number: 1555284
ISBN: 978-1-303-87384-3
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