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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Williams, Blake Jamison
Author's Email Address bwill16@lsu.edu
URN etd-0605102-124737
Title Liminal Recollection . . . between Memory and Reality
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gregory Elliott Committee Chair
Bobby Silverman Committee Member
Cynthia Handel Committee Member
Michaelene Walsh Committee Member
Susan Ryan Committee Member
  • soap
  • collection
  • present
  • accumulation
  • teacup
  • contemplation
  • heal
  • wash
  • spices
  • tea bag
  • porcelain
  • roses
  • secret recipes
  • past
Date of Defense 2002-05-17
Availability unrestricted
In the year I applied to graduate school, the objects in my life acquired a distinct preciousness after my grandparents passed away within three months of each other. I realized that the things we collect, and those that surround us, reveal our narratives and silently map our personalities. I discovered that material items triggered memories for me specific to their function and relationship to me. My grandmotherís set of ten figurines reminded me of the many times we would sit and drink tea together. I became acutely aware of material items that were results of human actions. A used teabag can suggest the event of drinking a cup of tea or it can suggest moments of time spent thinking. Scent integrated with visual information heightens the

suggestion of specific memories. I disclose my history by using objects that are specifically

related to personal experiences and association with daily ritual. The collections of objects I

create speak of memories that reside within all of our minds.

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