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Authors:Teh, Soo Mei
Contributors:Cohan, Charles (advisor)
Art (department)
Keywords:Fine arts
light and shadow
show 4 moresilence
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Date Issued:2019
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:Many technological changes have dramatically changed the landscape of human interaction and connection. With our daily use of computers, smart phones, and other technological advances, we live in an age of constant and instant global connectivity. We are more connected to one another today in a manner never before in human history, yet somehow, many of us are increasingly feeling more disconnected. As a young adult living in the digital age, I yearn for more in life than just an abundance of likes, views, comments and “friends” online. I have been slowly recognizing the darker side of technology and social media, and more importantly, at the cost of human intimacy, connection and peace of mind.
Portalis is an installation based upon a personal reflection of the various relationships between myself and others, both online and offline. I utilize thin kozo paper to create the various 2 and 3 dimensional forms such as shoji screens, a print, a couch, a collection of mirrors, and a floor lamp. These objects have autobiographical associations, and are also ghostly stand-ins or representative avatars of the human condition and suggest emotions/sensations with respect to a lack of intimate connection in the contemporary world .
In this exhibition, I strive to create a space that can be individual and communal at the same time in terms of its shared private experience, a place we can find value in vulnerability and an environment dedicated to shared silence and contemplation. Being fascinated with the multiplicious nature of paper as material, I want to provide the audience with an opportunity to experience the papers simultaneous vulnerability and strength, as well as the installations quietude. It is through this material vulnerability that I am able to expose my private emotional vulnerability through my practice as an artist.
Description:M.A. Thesis. Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2019
Pages/Duration:52 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Art

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