THE ENTROPIC SUBLIME, MFA THESIS, RISD, 2016

The Entropic Sublime is a thesis exploration seeking to understand the reciprocal relationship between people and the environment. As a contemporary jewelry artist, my intention is to create links between larger concepts of anthropogenic entropy caused by the jewelry industry and our spatial and temporal perception of where the entropy takes place. Spatial, is our physical distance to something or somewhere or how we perceive voids and the absence of things. Temporal, refers to how we understand changes through time. Perceptions of natural environments are contextual, set by culture, and inevitably framed by humans. Phenomenology is an attempt to consider that while the world itself exists objectively (out there), we can know it only through personal, subjective experience (in here). From an environmental stance, one might assume that the general subjective experience of the anthropogenic entropy has developed into a condition of myopia. It could be that either the disorder is everywhere in our field of vision, making it impossible to understand the scale of our environmental situation, or that the destruction is completely abstracted by the distance between here and there. The collision between these outer and inner worlds provokes feelings, sentiments - even passions and anxieties. By following Robert Smithson’s concept of Non-Site, my intention is to create a connection between an existing environmental site and the human body through the format of contemporary jewelry. My strategy is to juxtapose satellite imagery of environmental sites with pilgrim badges, which were a form of jewelry used as a souvenir by medieval pilgrims. With this thesis I intend to connect what we know from a first person experience to what we understand from third person abstractions.

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