2012 B.A. Thesis Exhibition
Bristol Center

April 26 - May 12, 2012
Thursday, May 9, 4-6pm

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2012 Senior Art Thesis

Mary Swartwout


Abnormal Synchronization, 2012<br />Photo: Mixed media, varying dimensions
Abnormal Synchronization, 2012
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Each person maintains a set of beliefs based on experiences from the past.  My art process is a reaction to events from my lifetime.  My goal in producing art is to express my need for control through the manipulation of everyday materials.  For the past 9 years, I have had many hurdles as an epileptic.  Many of my emotions are directly related to difficulties I had regarding medications, various restrictions and social stigma.  I focused on everyday materials as a reminder to the caged feelings I had when I was unable to explore beyond the walls of my home.  The lack of control over my body led me to try and regain control over other aspects of my life.  By exploiting the materials I create enveloping pieces of art that emphasize comfort during hard times. 

Abnormal Synchronization reflects the spontaneity of events at any given time and the resulting transitions that affect our lives.  Some transitions are based on choices we make.  Some transitions are a part of the normal progression of life.  Still others occur unexpectedly.  All transitions require change.  They place us in a position to review how we live, who we are and what we want from the rest of our lives.   Each choice we make allows us to narrate the next chapter of our life.


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