Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Aging and Metalsmithing
by Rice, Erin M., M.F.A., Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, 2015, 29; 1600814
Abstract (Summary)

Recently I have chosen to work with the concept of aging. This concept is shown through the use of architectural structures and medical instruments in order to create reliquaries and vessels. These reliquaries are composed of hand blown glass, metal, and other materials including silicone and latex medical tubing, enamel, and resin.

These reliquaries are my exploration into the idea of what is deemed precious and important. Time is one of the most valuable resources we have and it is impossible to contain. Through the aging process we begin to have less and less time and occasionally have medical procedures done in order to lengthen our life span or improve our quality of life.

Some of these reliquaries contain objects, while others have been left empty in order to allow the viewer to ponder what the piece might contain. Many of the vessels have medical undertones that enable the viewer to relate to common life experiences, while others contain architectural and industrial elements in order to show the relation to the machine made structures that surround us.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Howard, Aimee M.
Commitee: Cooper, Ivy A., Duhigg, Thad A.
School: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Department: Art and Design
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: MAI 55/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Aging
Keywords: Glass, Metalsmithing, Sculpture
Publication Number: 1600814
ISBN: 9781339104775
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