Breathing Room is a thesis driven by a conceptual investigation of glass as an embodiment of physical limitation. My research considers glass as a somatic medium, as a material with limitations that mirror those of the human body, and a way to engage bodies in space. This work, which used hot glass, scientific flameworking techniques, and collaborative gestures, resulted in a series of performances and objects. My thesis research culminated in two separate yet related bodies of work and two thesis exhibitions. This dissertation will analyze the work and studio-based research in relation to historical and contemporary performance art focusing on the media glass and the body.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Glass sculpture--Themes, motives; Glass art--Themes, motives; Performance art--Themes, motives; Video art--Themes, motives; Chronic pain--Pictorial works
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CAD)
Smith, Madeline Rile, "Breathing Room" (2020). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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