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Open Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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Through my artwork I explore the cyclical relationship and inherent inevitability between the processes of growth and decay. I engage notions of place, memory, fluctuation, and ephemerality. Drawing inspiration from an abandoned house and its many atrophying, accumulated contents, I examine the human impact upon our ecological surroundings and personal domains, tied to notions of finality and sustainability. Using light and time as both narrative elements and the physical components to cultivate images, I create hybrid prints that weave a story of our ever-changing territories. I present visual works that challenge our idealized views of life, and call attention to the surprising beauty within overlooked natural processes, particularly decomposition. My generative process and use of amorphous materials embed meaning through use of metaphor, and underlie my fascination with the transformation of the ordinary or the unexpected.
Bennett, Lauren A., "Heavy Light: Transformation of Matter in Relation to Growth and Decay" (2016). Masters Theses. 397.