Unexpected utility

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Chelsea Tinklenberg (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Nikki Blair

Abstract: My work explores imaginative relationships between objects and their function. Using both kinetic and interactive elements I ask questions of the precarious relationship between utility and futility. Looking for unusual, unorthodox, or unexpected ways to fulfill functional roles I hope to challenge social norms and stereotypes. The work calls upon the viewer to question their own passive or active role in society. Are we contributing to homogeneity, simply fulfilling obligation or expected behavior? Or can our interaction within the world be informed in the many possible ways of seeing, as an active dialogue that risks vulnerability and awkwardness? My intent for these artworks is to utilize objects of function to access and explore fundamental human characteristics: vulnerability, awkwardness, and humor.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2018
Humor, Sculpture, Utility
Sculpture, Modern $y 21st century
Found objects (Art)
Assemblage (Art)

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