Bachelor of Fine Arts – Senior Thesis Exhibition.
This body of work began with a song about sediments. I have been captivated by earth processes my entire life, so it is of little surprise that, for me, stacks of words are fluidly transposed as layers of stone. I repeat stories to myself and others in order to explain who, exactly, I am. These accumulated vignettes pile up, eventually becoming lithified into a “personal stratigraphy”, which is easily and often altered by the metamorphic process of recollection.
My stories feel inescapably interwoven with specific places, because I organize my life more geographically than chronologically. However, through making this work, I have discovered that the locations in which I feel so embedded only truly exist in my mind. Given the coordinates, you could stand in the spots where I was formed, but even then it wouldn’t be precise enough. My experiences are a skin grafted across the structural framework of the land, and only when soldered together does a complete image of my origin come into focus. I am attempting to plot out those intersections between empiricism and storytelling, and bring them into a physical existence.
In searching for those formative places it became clear that these intersections between location and experience can now only be plotted in my memory.
This wireframe topographic model of my home is an accurately scaled, hand-bent steel representation of the sedimentary underpinnings beneath my experiences.
Rip van Winkle’s Lament
Rip Van Winkle’s Lament is an original musical composition which has been transformed into a charcoal drawing through use of the Petrosyllabic Resonator.