Real tools, realspace

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Kimberly Ann Gattozzi (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
Ron Laboray

Abstract: The body of work—works on paper, photographic paper, plastic, wood, canvas (plus curated audio)—created for this thesis explores technology, using both analog and digital tools and a conceptual process of deconstruction to return to work initially done by the hand in an attempt not only to balance cyberspace and realspace—mechanistic and digital processes and the hand—but also to open up a dialogue about time, tools, reality, and observation. The process began with graphite and India ink blind contour drawings of plants mentioned in Virginia Woolf’s 1925 circadian novel Mrs. Dalloway and results in inherently distorted composite imagery painted on unprimed canvas. Using a range of tools—including eyes, hands, pens, pencils, brushes, online images, computers and peripherals, transparencies, an overhead projector, photographic paper, a manual darkroom enlarger, a commercial scanner and printers, and a laser printer that ‘prints’ on wood—satisfies a need to explore hybrid image-making processes in unintended ways. Metaphorically the physical activity of making and the deconstructive practice of information refer to shadows, which represent the passage of time, the movement of Earth around the sun, things seen but not seen, and Plato’s Cave—the habit of looking at representations rather than actual things themselves in the arguably reductive post-historical, post-industrial digital era.

Additional Information

Publication
Thesis
Language: English
Date: 2017
Keywords
analog, deconstruction, digital, Plato's Cave, time, tools

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