My work is driven by the metaphysical and the potential for healing through the manipulation of energy. Points of research include the enso (the only symbol used in Zen Buddhism), which uses the circle as a symbol of wholeness, divinity, and enlightenment. The writings of Alex Grey, Eckhart Tolle and the work of Ann Hamilton will also be investigated. I plan to create work from turned wooden vortex forms, the shapes of which are based on the movement of energy within the body. These objects will be transformed from wood, through rubber, wax, plaster, iron, bronze to cast, and blown glass. This transformation through materials is becoming a metaphor for the continuous transformation of universal light and energy. As part of my material research, I will exploit various casting techniques including kiln casting, hot casting, and pate de verre. Photography, film, and projection also will be explored. Conceptually, the process will become an integral part of the work where involved, repetitive methods will be treated as a meditation or mantra and will, in turn, add a performative dimension to the work. It is through these meditative practices that I intend to imbue the work with healing energies.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Glass sculpture--Themes, motives; Glass sculpture--Technique; Mixed media (Art)--Themes, motives; Mixed media (Art)--Technique; Zen art
Department, Program, or Center
School for American Crafts (CIAS)
Donnellan, Karen, "O" (2012). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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