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It's Elementary My Dear Watson
by Shelly, Ian Matthew, M.F.A., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2010, 85; 13850752
Abstract (Summary)

This creative research explores connections between the fields of scientific research, weapons proliferation and ceramic art making. My work consists of a twisted world of these themes seen and told through childhood imagery and subjects. The juxtaposition of violence and destruction against innocence and playfulness and the cyclical way that I engage both intuitively and through calculation with my artwork are vital in impressing a notion of conflict’s early presence and danger in our lives. The overlap of weapons, chemistry and art is embodied in the relationships of the characters within these compositions and their iconographic meanings. This amalgamation is constructed through installations, sculptures and miniature models employing numerous kinds of ceramic and non-ceramic materials such as metal, wood, plastics and glass.

These works present conflict as similar to chemistry - omnipresent and unavoidable. The truths explored here feature a convoluted personal narrative, where family portraiture is seen through the lenses of our scientists and the imaginations of our children. Within the microcosmic worlds that the characters and environments in this work construct, the viewer is presented with simultaneous situations of destruction and unity. It is my intent through this imagery to lead my audience towards a greater appreciation of multiple views and non-binary biases.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Clarke, Bede
Commitee: Clarke, Bede, Fine, Mark, Stealey, Josephine
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
Department: Fine Arts
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: MAI 58/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Analytical chemistry, Military studies
Keywords: Biology, Ceramics, Family studies, Scientific research, Shelly, Dennis, Weapons manufacturing
Publication Number: 13850752
ISBN: 978-0-438-97811-9
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