My thesis exhibition, 'School Days,' is a collection of autobiographical sculptures. My thesis is inspired by the difficult memories of my childhood education. During school I felt condescension from my teachers and peers; I felt like I was actually wearing a dunce cap. This body of work represents the feeling of being ostracized from others in a classroom. I used the form of school chairs for my sculpture. The school chairs are the primary metaphor reflecting my early formal education. We, western industrial society, have an almost universal relationship with the school chair. As an artist, I use its form to construct a concrete narrative that encompasses my own experiences.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique; Conceptual art; Installations (Art); Education in art
Clarence Burton Sheffield
Rovelto, Hope, "School Days" (2008). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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