Title page for ETD etd-06062008-162427

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Cook, Emily Jane
Author's Email Address emilyjanecook@gmail.com
URN etd-06062008-162427
Title Drift
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Leslie Koptcho Committee Chair
Darius Spieth Committee Member
Kelli Scott Kelley Committee Member
Loren Schwerd Committee Member
Michael Crespo Committee Member
  • river
  • water forest
  • liminal
  • drift
  • tranistion
  • papermaking
  • boats
  • handmade paper
  • installation
Date of Defense 2008-05-02
Availability unrestricted
Drift is a movement by, or as if by, a current of air or water . It can mean the depositing of debris by such a current. It can also connote a veering off from a projected path. What interests me about the word is that it suggests a slight loss of control, but not a devastating one. Most importantly, for this body of work, it implies a passive movement, a transition in which one is not able to control every part. We can perhaps choose the river we get into but not the direction of its flow.

Using properties of handmade paper as an intrinsic part of the work, I have explored ideas of transition in a number of ways. First, material„othe process of changing things from solid to liquid to solid again in papermaking by combining and removing water; second, by suggesting the blurred shift from land to water in swamplands; third, through the idea of journey, which is suggested by the imagery of the boats; and, finally, through use of imagery that lies between abstraction and representation. By walking that particular visual line the work creates poetic imagery, a visual reverie or daydream. It seeks to walk a line between conscious and unconscious thought allowing for the work to be open-ended and suggestive.

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