Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Primary Function
by Heerspink, Eric Robert, M.F.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 46; 1591491
Abstract (Summary)

The immense complexity of machines is an endless source of inspiration. Such devices consist of numerous parts, each one engineered for a specific purpose, working together in harmony to achieve a goal. Using forms and the language of mechanical drawing and architecture, the work references the authoritative nature of such works. Science fictional machines (spaceships and robots) are designed for their aesthetic qualities while function is mythological in nature; often the laws of physics are abandoned. The work draws upon this notion of fabricated function and a departure from reality. Through the employ of slip casting and a modular mold system, ceramic artworks are created in order to explore these ideas.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Dresang, Paul, Page, Joe
Commitee: Cooper, Ivy, Strand, Laura
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Art and Design
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 54/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Architecture, Ceramics, Mechanical drawing, Mold, Original art, Science fiction, Slip casting
Publication Number: 1591491
ISBN: 978-1-321-83104-7
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