Date of Award

Fall 2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Darrin Brooks

Second Advisor

Susan Tibbitts

Third Advisor

Ryoichi Suzuki

Abstract

I have designed a series of pieces of furniture that all share some key similarities, not in form or even style (though my personal aesthetic will be seen in all of them), but rather in materials. All of my pieces use a combination of metal, wood, and stone. Obviously, this is not remarkable as these materials have been used to build furniture for as long as furniture has been built. However, I have endeavored to explore how these materials can interact with one another within a piece of furniture. My goal was to create furniture where the materials do not simply coexist with each other, but instead react to one another in ways that are intimate and reflect the material’s purpose and nature. I have created furniture that is beautiful and decorative with an emphasis on artistic craftsmanship.

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