Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Remnants of Life
by Yendes, David Lawrence, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 15; 1486697
Abstract (Summary)

I work with the remnants of life. Remnants, or whole objects, that others have deemed to be of little value. The animal parts have come from the discards of the vast industry that animal husbandry has become, or have been purchased second hand over the Internet after their novelty has worn off. All of the wood used in my pieces has been gleaned from the waste bins of construction and industrial production sites.

I work with skin and not leather, because the process of tanning leather changes the polymer arrangement in the skin and turns it from being a once living organ into an artificial thing. I work with bones because of the almost indestructible evidence they present of the act perpetrated against them and their instinctive impact upon the viewer. I use wood because of my passion for the medium; but I refuse to use wood that has not been salvaged, and sadly, I do not have to. The inherent waste created by the concepts and concerns that drive industry leaves a treasure trove in its wake.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stone, Craig Cree
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Original artwork
Publication Number: 1486697
ISBN: 978-1-124-27741-7
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