This thesis project consists of two sections. The first of these sections is the creation of four physically separate, conceptually linked sculptures installed in the Dyer Arts Center Gallery in the Lyndon B. Johnson building on the Rochester Institute of Technology campus. The latter part of the project exists in the form of this written thesis, which will explore various concepts, processes and concerns associated with the individual sculptures and the prevailing ideas inherent to them all. Within both the sculptural work and the written work I am exploring the fragility and vulnerability of being human. The reality of impermanence within our lives and surroundings is often overlooked and disregarded within our culture. Our societal focus on consumption, comfort and control discounts any value in recognizing the fragility of our individual and interconnected lives. Without such reverence and attention we become splintered, detached and isolated from the reality of natural laws, from connectedness with one another, and from a basic sense of 'meaning' within our lives. I am interested in the underlying strength available through the recognition and valuation of our human fragilities and limitations. Focusing on fragility has led to a new understanding of inner strength and to expanded reflection on the power of humility over ego.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sculpture, Modern--21st century; Buddhism and art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Howe, Elizabeth, "Thoughts on fragility and impermanence" (2003). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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