Title page for ETD etd-05262014-145753


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Nord, James S
Author's Email Address jnord1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-05262014-145753
Title Playschool
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
McClay, Malcolm Committee Chair
Cellucci Vincent Committee Member
Neff, Thomas Committee Member
Pheney Kathleen Committee Member
Spieth, Darius A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • and craftsmanship
  • material
  • process
Date of Defense 2014-04-22
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Playschool

is

heavily

influenced

by

my

tactile

way

of

learning.

Each

sculpture

is

a

visual

way

of

communicating

my

story.

Traditionally,

words

are

the

primary

tools

used

in

learning

and

communication.

However,

from

a

very

early

age

I

discovered

that

my

auditory--]--]processing

disability

and

dyslexia

made

expressing

ideas

through

words

and

the

written

language

very

difficult.

It

was

a

challenge

for

me

to

understand

how

words

fit

together

to

make

compete

sentences,

and

I

struggled

throughout

my

education

to

find

a

successful

means

of

communicating

my

thoughts

and

ideas

about

the

world

around

me.

What

came

naturally

to

me

however

was

the

ability

to

see

and

understand

how

the

parts

of

an

object

like

a

clock

or

a

toy

for

example

assembled

to

make

it

work.

I

was

attracted

to

the

physicality

of

the

materials

and

the

mechanics

that

held

them

together.

As

a

result,

learning,

for

me,

evolved

into

a

visceral

rather

than

an

intellectual

experience.

My

work

is

my

voice

communicated

through

the

tools

and

materials

that

have

become

my

primary

language.

My

process

is

driven

by

the

idea

of

play

as

a

visual

and

tactile

form

of

learning.

My

high

regard

for

process,

material,

and

craftsmanship

is

exhibited

through

every

piece

I

create.

A

past

surrounded

by

hardworking

craftsmen

and

laborers

has

also

greatly

impacted

the

imagery

I

use.

I

appreciate

the

personal

aspect

of

using

hand

tools

to

create

something

intimate

and

also

feel

the

considerable

power

that

comes

with

working

heavy

equipment.

These

two

ideas

are

at

the

forefront

of

my

mind

while

I

create--]using

many

hand

tools

to

construct

something

that

often

mimics

heavy

machinery.

Many

of

my

skills

have

been

acquired

from

working

with

people

of

various

trades

and

this

greatly

influences

my

studio

practice.

This

hands--]on

type

of

education

has

played

a

vital

role

in

influencing

the

type

of

work

I

create.

The

construction

I

have

encountered

daily

for

the

last

year

and

a

half,

on

the

South

end

of

LSUfs

football

stadium

has

motivated

many

of

my

current

works.

My

sculptures

were

drawn

from

the

perpetual

transition

that

happens

on

the

construction

site

and

the

endless

lines

that

appear

in

the

scaffolding

equipment

and

rebar--]concrete

supports.

This

three--]dimensional

line

quality

is

translated

into

my

work

constantly

with

the

stacking

and

layering

of

square

wooden

dowels

and

steel

square

stock.

I

use

the

density

and

structure

of

the

lines

alongside

the

kinetic

aspect

to

draw

my

viewer

in

for

a

closer

look

and

give

the

viewer

a

tactile

way

to

view

the

nature

of

my

work.

Files
  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
  JamesSNord.pdf 41.21 Mb 03:10:47 01:38:07 01:25:51 00:42:55 00:03:39

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

If you have questions or technical problems, please Contact LSU-ETD Support.