Jill Oberman


In creating the body of work for my thesis exhibition, I investigated the themes of personal barriers. The resulting ceramic sculptures explore some of the issues that people encounter as they attempt to establish meaningful connections to one another. Emphasizing the many layers that people possess, and the different ways that these layers can be revealed, I created both wall and pedestal sculptures that examine the many ways that I allow, and sometimes deny, others access to my innermost being. I often surround the important aspects of who I am with layers of protective walls, which act as a barrier to my true self. In each sculpture I included an opening, or "doorway", which may suggest a potentially elusive passageway through these barriers. As I worked through these emotions and behaviors to create sculpture, I studied ancient ruins and architecture. Here I discovered a connection between my ideas and the universality in the wearing away of our protective structures. I also looked at abstract paintings to learn more about creating a specific mood as well as an illusion of space using color. By combining these references, I hoped to create form and surface which implied depth and invited contemplation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Ceramic sculpture--Themes, motives; Ceramic sculpture--Technique

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School of Art (CIAS)


Hirsch, Richard

Advisor/Committee Member

Schmitz, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Urso, Leonard


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: NK4235 .O237 1995


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