Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Arthur Flowers Jr.
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Art and Design | Art Practice | Graphic Design
“When old myths are lost, new ones are needed. Myths flourish and fade and die, but new myths are born, old ones are resurrected, and hybrid forms combining new and old emerge when times change or cultures mingle” (Graves: 1959, 9).
The original concept of this project was to create a CD-ROM database of mythology from various cultures and time periods throughout history. The first few months of my work were carried out with this end in mind. Since then, the project has taken a more personal turn. Instead of presenting the mythologies of other people, I have created my own. The final manifestation of my project is an original creation myth, illustrations of said myth and a sacred space encompassing the ideas presented in my text.
This project, more than a simple encyclopedia, incorporates more of who I am as an artist and a person. Even though my major is computer art; most of the work I do on my own is based in other mediums. To me, this project is a summation of my four years at Syracuse. Over that time period, I have taken a number of different art studios and I believe I have utilized most of the skills learned in those classes in my thesis. The two main techniques I have relied on are those of construction and digital production.
My thesis was assembled using both bought and manufactured items. I tried to make everything in my space have some personal connection to me. Most of the objects I chose to incorporate are objects from home that I have had for years and keep for their sentimental value. In designing the room, I chose to not think of the space as a project or something temporary. Instead, I treated my project as if it were an area in my home that would be utilized for years. With that in mind, the space became a place that can be altered as my needs for it change.
Hazel, Diana, "A Place Apart: Myth and Sacred Space" (2005). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 666.
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