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Paige Schreckengast: capstone




Schreckengast, Paige, artist

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The artist's statement: My work is inspired by an investigation of Ghanaian textiles, such as Kente and Adinkra cloth, as well as Muslim architecture, which I have discovered in my recent travels. I am interested in the breaking down of geometry within these textiles and buildings to create dynamic patterning. I start with a series of drawings and paper models that reflect this patterning and geometry and then translate my ideas into clay forms. Drawings and paper models allow me to focus on my forms both as individual shapes and as grouping to form larger multiples. Once I have found an interesting shape, one that allows for a sense of edge contrasted with a quality of softness, I am able to determine what aspects of my ideas are working towards consistent forms that are easy to replicate. I use the multiples I construct as a building block with which I can then create a visual narrative of my investigations. Through the aggregation of a family of shapes, such as a grouping of rectangular forms, I seek to develop individualized units through a narrative of my process and touch. Each form is unique and through the collection of these forms one begins to see the variations. I see the individual unit as inadequate, a fraction in a larger spectrum. Through replication I arrive at a series of pieces, and it is only through the rhythmic patterning of the multiple forms and shapes that I discover a feeling of an expansive aesthetic. I aim to create a sense that the composition holds no ending and that my process of replication could continue to create an innumerous amount of forms.


Colorado State University Art Department capstone project.
Capstone contains the artist's statement, a list of works, and images of works.

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