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Mistaking artifice for reality

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dc.contributor.advisor East, David S. en
dc.contributor.author Dowd, Jenny Kistner en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2010-01-12T16:47:06Z
dc.date.available 2010-01-12T16:47:06Z
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2005 Spring en
dc.identifier.other DowdJ-042805-T981 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10355/4319
dc.description The entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file. en_US
dc.description Title from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (May 26, 2006) en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references. en_US
dc.description Thesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2005. en_US
dc.description Dissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Art. en_US
dc.description.abstract Collections have somber implications. The context imposed onto objects that have been elevated and isolated to the status of a collection is a manufactured one. Commonplace, temporal or captivating objects are relegated to the sterile status of specimens when they are collected for the sake of preservation and study. For me this obsessive act of collecting is disconcerting, yet at the same time strangely satisfying. In my body of work, Mistaking Artifice for Reality, it is precisely this tension between satisfaction, study and obsession that serves as my focus. In this installation, the created object has been transformed in a disturbing manner by being isolated, duplicated, measured, organized, studied, broken, preserved and catalogued. An insidious undertone of control saturates the environment in which this study takes place, seeking to cause a shift in the perception of the viewer. The arena and method of study is meant to be unsettling. This installation highlights the obsessive qualities of human nature and the consequences of a devotion that stems from the human penchant for obsessive collection, dominance, study and control. Once we take objects into our possession and elevate them to the status of being special or prized, the object is transformed into something artificial. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 2005 Freely available theses (MU) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Pottery en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Sculpture en_US
dc.title Mistaking artifice for reality en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
thesis.degree.discipline Art en_US
thesis.degree.grantor University of Missouri--Columbia en_US
thesis.degree.name M.A. en_US
thesis.degree.level Masters en_US
dc.identifier.merlin .b55450532 en_US
dc.relation.ispartofcommunity University of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2005 Theses


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