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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Smith, David Scott
Author's Email Address dsmit67@lsu.edu
URN etd-06132005-160237
Title The Chemistry of My Affections
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Robert S. Silverman Committee Chair
Christopher A. Hentz Committee Member
Denyce Celentano Committee Member
Mark J. Zucker Committee Member
Michaelene Walsh Committee Member
  • ceramics
  • clay
  • theatrical
  • animals
Date of Defense 2005-05-06
Availability unrestricted
Although I have always been interested in the origins of my thought processes and the methods and compulsions that motivate my work, in past work I have avoided self portraiture, or blatant explorations into my own sense of self. With my thesis project I wanted to conduct an express exploration into the psychology of my motivations. My initial goal was to create an environment, a sense of place, where both the viewer and myself are drawn into the work, and confronted with a unique experience of personal expression. The focal point is a bath enclosed within a grotto, which symbolizes a wide range of personal issues: spirituality, sexuality, sensuality, privacy, cleansing, honesty, shame, health, taboo, perversity . . . all things that embody my sense of self and self-esteem. The bath is the center of a triptych, and each piece is embellished with imagery that reflects a system of personal mythologies. These tableaus will further expand the nature of the Chemistry of My Affections and their importance to my artistic exploration.

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