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Date of Creation

Spring 4-10-2020

Artist Statement

Closed and confined spaces provide my introverted personality a place to examine, explore, and unwind. Being an introvert has inspired this senior thesis exhibition, exploring the relationship between interior and exterior spaces and child-like play. Growing up I didn’t crave a social life outside of my nuclear family and home. I spent a majority of my time inside my bedroom, but curious about the lively atmosphere outside of my bedroom. The act of play with my siblings would break down my introverted tendencies and present me with new objects, toys, and materials to explore. Now, my dorm room has become my refuge, similar to my childhood bedroom, and play has been found when I experiment and make work in the art studios.

Inspired by my childhood toys, the books, boxes, and objects I make are derived from my introverted childhood. I use repetition within the candy wrapper folios of the books to give visual impact and mimic the multiples of the boxes themselves, as well as many of my childhood toys. Some boxes have been made to custom fit the item inside creating contrast between a nondescript exterior and a bright and colorful interior. Other boxes hold remnants of items from a celebration I would discover once the party was over when I felt comfortable emerging from my room. The text and imagery on the inside of the box lids, as well as using primary colors inside with a cream exterior provide context to the interior and exterior conversation. The archival boxes are in contradiction to the non-archival objects inside. This pairing comments on the relationship of precious versus non-precious and the celebration of commonplace items, like candy wrappers which are normally discarded.

I am interested in the relationship between the viewer, the object, and the space in between, while simultaneously inviting the viewer to interact with the work. The combination of the formal qualities, the desired tactility, and the small scale of the pieces produces a coherent senior thesis exhibition that is interactive, targets a wide audience, and is adaptable to any available space. As a printmaker who is drawn to bookbinding, Barbara Barnes Allen and Subodh Gupta are two artists who influence my work. I have taken inspiration from Allen’s use of everyday items and Gupta’s use of sculpture and repetition. Taking inspiration from these artists and life experiences, I have used bookbinding and box construction in this senior thesis exhibition to portray fragments of the introversion from my childhood.


Nicole Hand; Antje Gamble; Sarah Martin; Sarah Ellis; Timothy M. Martin


Bookbinding and Box Construction: size and materials differ, see Image List for full description of each work.

I hope to accomplish a cohesive body of work that will allow the viewers a change to interact with the works themselves. I make books and boxes based on personal memories experiences. Growing up in a very contained and controlled environment, influences the decisions to introduce introversion, play, childhood and found objects to the viewer. Each box is wrapped in cream colored book cloth because I want to emphasize the play between interior and exterior spaces. I want the viewer to be drawn into the pieces and pick them up and interact with them, then creating their own experience.

After much consideration, I want to use normal gallery lighting so that the public can see the details of the body of work without any deference. My work (10-12 pieces) will be displayed on shelves and pedestals. There will not be any screens or monitors, and all my work is small-scale. This exhibit will consist of 14 small scale 3D works. They will be sharing 43”x 10 ¼” shelves that will be places around the wall edges of the space. The pedestals will be 48” tall and anywhere between 12”x12” up to 16”x16”.




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