In the act of playing you forget where you are

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Patrick Healy (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Mariam Stephan

Abstract: This written thesis serves as a companion to the body of work I developed while pursuing my MFA at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. It traces the trajectory of my graduate school experience and culminates with my series, In the Act of Playing You Forget Where You Are. Beginning with my desire to challenge the authority of traditional sculpture, this document follows the evolution of my studio practice as I transition from the autonomy of sculpture-in-the-round to the development of more nuanced installations that claim the physicality of space as artistic medium. Paying close attention to the barriers and demarcations that influence how individuals navigate space, both physical and conceptual, my work probes the collective human experience through the lens of my own personal idiosyncrasies. Focusing on themes such as intimacy verses privacy, nostalgic longing and the humorously absurd, I encourage the reader to consider engaging with art itself as an act of play, one I believe may build a better understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
Absurdity, Art, Barrier, Installation, Play, Sculpture
Mixed media sculpture
Space and time in art
Play in art

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