Bleiwas, Ellen Rose Laura
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This paper parallels the series of artworks in my thesis exhibition entitled "felt/felt", wherein large-scale industrial felt sculptures explore a relationship between sensorial bodily experience and psychological state. The artworks use space and form, with a particular interest in solitude, slowness, and sensory perception, to engender a gradual shift in consciousness through physiological engagement. I use processes such as wrapping, binding, and hanging, working with industrial felts disposition and navigating between asserting rigour and relinquishing control to develop form. The geometries that arise have a certain minimal formal austerity while embracing felts subtle yet irrepressible unruliness. There is a conversation between material, form, and experience in each of these sculptures. This paper fleshes out the significance of materiality, formal language, methodology, experiential impetus, and contemporary urgency to this body of work.