DOI

10.17077/etd.4g2rw9pf

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Spring 2016

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Book Arts

First Advisor

Leonard, Julie

First Committee Member

Langworthy, Sara

Second Committee Member

Smith, Julie

Third Committee Member

Simon, Giselle

Fourth Committee Member

Martin, Emily

Abstract

Caput Mortuum is a visual representation of my own spiritual quest for enlightenment using alchemy. Ancient alchemists sought perfection in all things and visualized a personal spiritual hierarchy that resided within all physical matter. The lowest tier of this scale represents the dull and lifeless material while the highest could touch the Divine. Reshaping the material world revealed the ordinary item's latent potential, aiding in its own transformation as well as the alchemist's into more perfect beings.

Inspired by this idea, I seek to bring ultimate perfection to every piece I create. By manipulating and altering books and book forms I replicate the physical work alchemists performed, each time changing myself with the book, elevating our spiritual beings in order to bring perfection from within.

Public Abstract

Caput Mortuum is a visual representation of my own spiritual quest for enlightenment using alchemy. Ancient alchemists sought perfection in all things and visualized a personal spiritual hierarchy that resided within all physical matter. The lowest tier of this scale represents the dull and lifeless material while the highest could touch the Divine. Reshaping the material world revealed the ordinary item’s latent potential, aiding in its own transformation as well as the alchemist’s into more perfect beings.

Inspired by this idea, I seek to bring ultimate perfection to every piece I create. By manipulating and altering books and book forms I replicate the physical work alchemists performed, each time changing myself with the book, elevating our spiritual beings in order to bring perfection from within.

Keywords

publicabstract, Binding, Book Arts, Sculpture

Pages

vi, 25 pages

Copyright

Copyright 2016 David Glenn Rollins

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