Between Myself and the Context: Navigating a Site-Specific Art Practice
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The culminating work of my thesis, “Between a Stone and a Shrine,” presented in April 2014 at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, is contextualized with two of my prior works, “Between You Me and the Wall,” and “Between Icarus and a Phoenix.” These works are further contextualized with relevant autobiographical information. Inspiration is drawn from Walter De Maria’s ideas of meaningless work, and its contrast with Francis Alÿs and his meaningful gestures in public space. My works are then analyzed and compared to Janine Antoni’s bodily relationship to media through physical labor in site-specific practice. By using storyboarding and editing techniques developed by the film directors Federico Fellini and Yael Bartana, immersive installations are refined to create awareness, acceptance and adaptation to entropy in the built environment.