(thesis advisor)Ethan Silverman
(thesis advisor)Madhav Tankha
(designer)Parsons the New School for Design. Design & Technology Dept.
May 13 2015
Designer's statement: Penumbra' is a ceaseless exchange between a physical painting and a digital image, each evolving in response to the other. Black and white, geometry and organicity, space and time, the human and the computer, converse to form an endless, ever-transforming cycle of echoes upon echoes. The installation draws heavily on the practice of tapestry painting, which often involves the conflation of space and time in order to represent the latter in a static state. The semic analysis of stories; breaking down narratives into core elements which then combine with each other to form more complex patterns, also finds expression here, and additionally is partially transmuted into the visual language used in the installation. An exploration of shadow-play traditions around the world have also furnished ideas regarding the handling of form and narrative. Research into masking traditions informed the current piece by suggesting ways in which static sculpture can have narratives, and particularly narratives involving various forms of transformation, embedded in them.
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