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Installation for senior thesis at Mills College

Manifold, 2014

A Manifold is a topological space that resembles Euclidean space (2D, 3D, and generalizes to higher dimensions) near each point. Each point of an n-dimensional Manifold has a neighborhood that is homeomorphic to the Euclidean space of dimension n. In layman's terms, a manifold is something that can collapse onto itself.

The impetus of this investigation came from nine-foot blocks of salvaged styrofoam from the Mills College Museum. A substance that is both useful for humans but harmful to the environment. What strikes me about this material is that it is man-made but it's created from molecules on the planet. This realization, coupled with an interest in physics, is used to visually reconcile the dichotomy of the human condition with the effect of humans on the universe. 

The wall of rock-like formations appears to float from a light source. The light source symbolizes the source of all life and materials in the universe. At the other end of the room is a large rock formation which symbolizes planets, and particularly Earth. It is my philosophy is that everything, good or bad, is a part of the universe and ultimately the balance of life. 

This installation was presented at the Mills Museum in the spring of 2014. It is a mixed media installation that was situated within a room within the museum. 

Room Dimensions:

East wall                     

13 ft wide  X  10 ft tall  X  23 ft in length

West wall

10ft wide  X  10ft tall

Styrofoam block at West wall 

3 ft square

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