Title page for ETD etd-06092005-110839

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Storlie, David Martin
URN etd-06092005-110839
Title Too Fast, Too Tight, Too Loud, Too Bright
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert S. Silverman Committee Chair
Leslie Koptcho Committee Member
Mark J. Zucker Committee Member
Stuart L. Baron Committee Member
Thomas M. Neff Committee Member
  • sensory defensiveness
  • installation
  • modular
  • light
  • bright
  • loud tight
  • fast pace
  • sensory influences
  • sensory environments
Date of Defense 2005-04-13
Availability unrestricted
It is difficult to imagine that others do not perceive and react to the cultural stimuli as I do when dealing with everyday sensory situations. Unlike most, I have struggled with many different responses to commonplace sensory events during my life. A recent diagnosis of certain symptoms has helped to explain not only my lifelong reactions to sensory stimuli, but also the resulting environments I have created for myself in which I live and work.

The four terms I use that most fully describe the affects of this condition are; too fast, too tight, too loud and too bright. Although the first, too fast, is not necessarily considered a sense, it results in an internal reaction to an external visual event. The others are directly related to the sense of touch, the sense of hearing and the sense of sight.

I will describe my efforts to construct environments in my Thesis Show where each of these areas of my difficulty are presented to the viewer so that he or she may feel, to a greater or lesser extent, how I perceive my environment.

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