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Evidence of the Act of Repairing

School & Deparment: 
  • Art, Tyler School of
  • Painting & Drawing
Start Date: 
01/2015
Lead Investigators: 
Nellie Carnes
Other Researchers: 
Faculty Advisors: 
Christian Tomaszewski
Funding Source: 
CARAS and the Office of Sustainability
Description: 

Project Abstract:

This is a research-based art project where I will be systematically finding broken things, reading about how to properly repair them and fixing them. Throughout the process, I will be documenting the objects and the resources and time used. In the end, my goal is to make an installation of this information and present small plaques with materials, time and type or repair listed. I will be researching the ways in which people have repaired their possessions have changed though time. I will use my research to create and self-print small informative books. I will show this installation in an art gallery at the end of the Spring semester. This piece is important for me to create because it is not only a conceptually based piece, but it will be informative and have more of a visceral effect on the audience than if they simply read a book about the act of repairing. My project is specifically investigating the act of repairing, but the issues that I am concerned about discussing are larger than that: consumerism, work ethic and sustainability.

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