Stay in Touch

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Title: Stay in Touch
Author: Thompson, Johanna Elizabeth
Abstract: The following paper is written support for the STAY IN TOUCH exhibition on display at Special Projects Gallery at York University from April 3rd to April 7th 2017. In this body of work, I use processes of weaving, knitting, crochet, embroidery and photography to touch the past and to feel reciprocally touched by it. I explore the ability of touch to imaginatively transport a person to another time or place. By embroidering images from my collection of family photographs I emphasize the tactile and ephemeral nature of memory and the photographic object. In working with family history and personal memory I am considering the gradual disappearance of my own history. Through repetitious acts of making, I engage with remembered gestures and body memory. Drawing from personal experiences, this paper focuses on mnemonic storytelling to reimagine memories of touching and feeling objects and spaces.
Subject: Fine arts
Keywords: Photography
Memory
Weaving
Embroidery
Family history
Collections
Nostalgia
Yarn
Textiles
Craft
Found photographs
Personal history
Punctum
Tacita dean
Kinesthesia
Knitting
Crochet
Type: Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
Rights: Author owns copyright, except where explicitly noted. Please contact the author directly with licensing requests.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/33572
Supervisor: Knight, Katherine
Degree: MFA - Master of Fine Arts
Program: Visual Arts
Exam date: 2017-04-04
Publish on: 2017-07-27

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