This thesis is an exploration of the relation between contrasting pairs and materials. For my thesis body of work I chose metal and soft materials to be my opposites. Through sculptures and prints I explore the feelings and thoughts their juxtaposition causes, bringing out both their strong and weak characteristics and showing their interdependence. Polar Dependence is what characterizes these two "opposites", showing the need for these differences in our personal life and relationships. It asks the viewer to think beyond the ordinary use of these materials, to contemplate their qualities, the relationship between soft and strong, cold and warm, and how these are related to our qualities as humans. My intention is to show respect for both elements and to reflect the beauty that results when opposites come together. They need to co-exist because we need both.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Soft sculpture--Themes, motives; Metal sculpture--Themes, motives; Prints--Themes, motives; Polarity in art

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Kronfield, Elizabeth

Advisor/Committee Member

Howard, Keith


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: NB1203 .T76 2011


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