My Fine Arts Thesis is an investigation of the ways we negotiate knowledge, ideology, and belief within a society that deters their thorough consideration. Individual introspection is hindered by a culture of distraction brought forth by advances in communication technology. The formation of meaningful connections, both interpersonal and communal, is dependent on a mutual understanding of value systems. However, a variety of forces hamper our ability to relate to each other in this manner. These include displacement and fragmentation resulting from the blurring of physical contexts in an era of technology;individuality as its own ethos; the problem of moral certainty and postmodernism; and a fear of judgment within a hyper-pluralistic society.
With these concepts in mind, I confronted individuals with the questions "What do you know?" and "What do you believe?" Some were individuals that I knew closely (though still without great knowledge of the plausible answers to these questions.) Some answered the questions (via email) as indirect contacts. These questions are purposefully broad and daunting. The very way that different people access the questions reveals their unique mentality and value-system.
The responses are typographically translated into material revelation and declaration. The diversity and delicacy of the responses are reflected in the use of eclectic materials that blur the line between text and object. Type as material is actively manipulated to achieve specific emotional affect and contextualization. Formally, the work revolves around motifs of vulnerability, permanence, ascension,suspension, and disintegration.