alexistellefsen

Spring 2013

Thesis II: Statement of Intent

My goal this semester is to build off of my summer research in tape casting and parametric modeling to create a small collection of laser-cut porcelain jewelry. I will be working with non-traditional material processes and production methods to demonstrate a series of material and visual binaries, the most important of which being hard/soft, static/biomorphic, pattern/plainness, and handmade/machine-fabricated. Although the final format of my work is jewelry, I am heavily influenced by early Islamic and Middle Eastern tiles. I am drawn to these tiles for their aesthetic value – the blend of precise mathematical patterns and elegant florals, as well as their functional value – bringing beauty to the environment in which they exist and the structures they adorn. Similarly to tiling, in my own work I am treating the body as the structural element and the source for the geometries that will adorn it. The seemingly innate nature of jewelry and the desire to adorn oneself fuel my interests in creating ceramic jewelry of my own. I aim to explore the format of jewelry and address is as a source of pleasure and a link to personal identity.

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