Title

Mining Self and Other [Sculpture]

Presenting Author Name/s

Betty Gowans

Faculty Advisor

John Roth

Presentation Type

Artwork

Disciplines

Fine Arts | Sculpture

Description/Abstract

Artist Statement

My work explores emotion, relationships, and self through sculpture, performance, and installation; it focuses on meditation and introspection – contemplating existence in relation to self and the world around, on modest and immense scales through various perceptual lenses. I view my work as components to or conduits of a conversation that I hope my viewers participate in. In most of my work, I prefer to allow the viewers to explore meaning for themselves, hoping the audience will sit with the pieces and respond to the work in different ways. Through my abstractions of the real world and representations of my own thought, I explore human relationships to self and more. I bring my work into existence through careful meditation, focusing on the pensive, the subconscious, and the under-considered aspects of life. Exploring these concepts in different media assists in conveying my concepts in the most fitting manner possible. I treat each material differently, as if they were different emotions or personalities that my concept can take on. By creating my work in a wide variety of media, I aim to provide each piece with its fullest potential. Though not necessarily biographical, my work allows the viewer into my thought processes by presenting them with an experience I have formed through introspection and meditated with after completion. By means of experiencing my work, I wish the viewer to explore self, mind, body, other, distance, and relationship.

Session Title

Art Exhibit

Location

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northeast Atrium

Start Date

3-2-2018 8:00 AM

End Date

3-2-2018 12:30 PM

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Feb 3rd, 8:00 AM Feb 3rd, 12:30 PM

Mining Self and Other [Sculpture]

Learning Commons @ Perry Library, Northeast Atrium

Artist Statement

My work explores emotion, relationships, and self through sculpture, performance, and installation; it focuses on meditation and introspection – contemplating existence in relation to self and the world around, on modest and immense scales through various perceptual lenses. I view my work as components to or conduits of a conversation that I hope my viewers participate in. In most of my work, I prefer to allow the viewers to explore meaning for themselves, hoping the audience will sit with the pieces and respond to the work in different ways. Through my abstractions of the real world and representations of my own thought, I explore human relationships to self and more. I bring my work into existence through careful meditation, focusing on the pensive, the subconscious, and the under-considered aspects of life. Exploring these concepts in different media assists in conveying my concepts in the most fitting manner possible. I treat each material differently, as if they were different emotions or personalities that my concept can take on. By creating my work in a wide variety of media, I aim to provide each piece with its fullest potential. Though not necessarily biographical, my work allows the viewer into my thought processes by presenting them with an experience I have formed through introspection and meditated with after completion. By means of experiencing my work, I wish the viewer to explore self, mind, body, other, distance, and relationship.