Art, Art History and Design, School of


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Santiago Cal

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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Fine Arts, Major: Art, Under the Supervision of Professor Santiago Cal. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2023

Copyright 2023 Carlie Antes


I view most aspects of life as being made up of tiny particles of matter that come together and synthesize to shape both our individual and collective human existence. Delicate threads are intricately woven together forming textiles and fabric. Tiny cellular particles shape all living species. Devices of human invention are mapped and constructed to aid in making sense of situations and surroundings. An accumulation of day-to-day moments coalesce to form complex memories and emotions. Each of these compositions are comprised of physical and/or emotional matter. This body of work utilizes the physical matter of my own lived experiences to make sense of the emotional matter that has shaped my worldview. Seeds, wire, hair, beads, wool, and clay are derived from my own familial trades and practices—and each serves as a visual placeholder for people, places, memories, and emotions.

Advisor: Santiago Cal

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