MFA Thesis Exhibition 2018
Wonder drives scientific discovery, and expands the human relationship to the natural world. My thesis exhibition explores wonder as an inspiration and a bridge between art and science through ceramic sculptures of prehistoric animals. This exhibition depicts these extinct creatures interacting with sculpted decorative objects in Rococo palace settings. Porcelain furniture displays support each scene, combining the decorative arts with iconic natural history motifs to recall early curiosity cabinets. Unfamiliar animals and ornate objects reconnect viewers with an inborn sense of wonder. The contrast between prehistoric animals and human history raises questions about our relationship to nature in the past, present, and future.