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Finding Meaning: The Combination of Mapping and Altered Image to Access Intangibility

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Jessica Downs

Searching for meaning within my practice has led me down a path of deep contemplation in order to find an effective visual language that harnesses the feelings and thoughts that I am unable to articulate. The act of creating a visual representation of something intangible through the use of mapping, altered image, and a deep meditative practice allows for the accessibility of a force outside of human consciousness. Inspired by the continuous research of several contemporary artists like Louise Despont, who uses mapping in a meditative way, and Julie Mehretu, who maps atmospheres and networks, my work seeks to merge those separate mapping techniques to effectively describe the vibrations and patterns of emotions and internal landscapes. Images, memory, maps, topography, and intuitive mark making work together to create a visual language that hums with life and possibility. This research has broadened my thought processes and allowed for the creation of more meaningful connections within my work. This awareness will continue to influence future work that strives to effectively describe this universal energy.
University / Institution: Utah Valley University
Type: Visual Arts
Format: In Person
Presentation #A6
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Arts
Faculty Mentor: Alexandra Giannell