Title page for ETD etd-04122007-103232

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Pellitteri, Jonathan
Author's Email Address jpelli1@lsu.edu
URN etd-04122007-103232
Title Building A Better Mousetrap
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Loren Schwerd Committee Chair
Christopher Hentz Committee Member
Denyce Celentano Committee Member
Edward Smith Committee Member
Mark Zucker Committee Member
  • Sculpture
  • cage
  • trap
  • technology
  • communication
  • craft
  • miniature
  • mechanism
Date of Defense 2007-04-11
Availability unrestricted

To me the phrase “building a better mousetrap” implies that a needless change has been made to something that already sufficiently serves its purpose. These words identify my thoughts about how over the past three years I have begun to replace trusted means of communication with newer technologies. My thesis work examines my relationship to these new modes of communication and how, as I see others around me making them useful parts of their lives, I am continually snared by the promise of their convenience. Ultimately, however, they distract and frustrate me with the countless hours I allow them to consume, as I am conscious that I often end up at the same place that their antiquated predecessors would have gotten me. This body of work presents quasi-architectural/ mechanical objects that take on the appearance of traps built in an archaic fashion. These contain representational elements that act as analogies for the modern-day conveniences I have reluctantly made a part of my life. In addition to thoughts of my growing reliance on technology, the works that I am presenting demonstrate my appreciation for craft and it is my hope that their carefully considered construction will serve as a reminder that everything cannot be done by machines.

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