Thesis Exhibition: Tamara Al-Mashouk April 23, 2010Posted by claralieu in sculpture, Student Exhibitions.
Tags: exhibition, gallery, imagination, installation, sculpture, thesis
We will be concluding the 2010-2011 Jewett Art Gallery season with this year’s 2010 Senior Thesis Exhibition, featuring seniors Tamara Al-Mashouk and Ji Lim. Below is a preview of Tamara’s work and her artist statement.
Imaginary worlds exist within our minds. Music, painting, film making, writing, are all means of pulling them into the sensual world, in order for us to escape our reality and to experience. I consider daily how to bridge the gaps between these imaginary worlds and day-to-day life.
Throughout the year I explored the architectural elements that would de-root us from reality and allow us to escape. I aimed to create a setting that actualized another world in which we are the visitors. The result, is a cabinet of curiosity; an accumulation of objects belonging to an alternate reality.
By closely interacting with these objects as single pieces, or as parts of a whole, a window is opened to the intricacies of another world. The objects are all very fragile, almost untouchable. In this world, objects manifest themselves. There is no creator. They are formed by living elements, naturally coming together.
When making the objects, I did not work from a sketch, or plan. I simply worked with materials, my minds eye guiding the process. Allowing the objects to manifest themselves within our world.
I began to notice certain repeated tendencies, such as the shape of a pentagon. The structure became a building block for some of the objects. I did not measure and cut pieces of material, rather placed them where they felt comfortable. This process created a series of beautifully distorted intricate objects belonging to a world of fantasy. -Tamara Al-Mashouk