An object in space : an exhibition paper
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During my two years in the M.F.A. program, I have attempted to explore the theme of "an object in space," my art-making process, and how both are interconnected with my interest in Christian spirituality. I hope that the body of works that has resulted invites viewers to experience in some way a contemplation of individuality. In my readings on Christian mysticism over the past few years, I have often been struck by the similarities in process, intent, and attitude of the artist and of the mystic. Therefore, my discussion of the formal strategies and concepts embodied in the installations in this show, will be interspersed with ideas on Christian mysticism where I feel there is a convergence. I will go into the most detail with my discussion of the development of my last work, St. Francis's field per Chesterton, because I feel that it most fully and clearly touches on the object in space theme, existential alienation, and the Christian view of individuality. In the final section of this paper, I will discuss the most significant problems I encountered with my art-making process, and what I feel was ultimately my inner motivation for making this body of works.