Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Piero Fenci, Committee Member
Lauren Selden, Committee Member
Eden Collins, Committee Member
Jeana Paul-Ureña, Committee Member
The exhibition, a FRAGILE [In] TENSION, is a compilation of 6 sculptural installation works—the result of two and a half years of work in the ceramics workshop— combining various ceramic procedures, incorporating crochet techniques, and repurposed materials. Each of the materials represents specific memories of the past linked to a place of origin and people deeply attached to me, representing complementary feelings. Ceramic objects were created on the potter's wheel and subsequently joined, modified, intervened, and added to their corresponding installations following a series of self-directed design rules. The sculptures are an emotional, psychological, and physical response to the past three years of global and local events. The whole body of work takes references and inspiration from what I experience in my safe space.
Gutierrez, Jose Homero and GUTIERREZ, JOSE HOMERO, "a FRAGILE [In] TENSION" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 487.
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The current body of work "a FRAGILE [In] TENSION" is evidence that real-world circumstances directly influence the creative process. During the past three years, a series of events occurred; a pandemic, social protests, natural events that resulted in isolation, new coexistence regulations, and self-care practices. Being in a new social context as an immigrant in a foreign country could be overwhelming but also an exciting new learning adventure. a FRAGILE [In] TENSION serves as an analogy represented by the ceramic object suspended in time and affected by uncertain forces. The idea of the fragile ceramic object interacting in the interior space with its frail properties appears paused in space. Meanwhile, tension is the state of a body subjected to the action of opposing forces that attract. Industrial straps add tension to the ceramic works and act as a reminder of the earth’s constant gravity.