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    Art and design act as a spectrum; art on one end and design on the other. Is it possible to reach art without design or design without art? If so… Read More
    Art and design act as a spectrum; art on one end and design on the other. Is it possible to reach art without design or design without art? If so, have we accomplished this? The separation of art and design encourages one to explore them working together as well and question whether or not the level of tangibility sways a piece to one end of the spectrum or the other. Read Less
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My thesis during my senior year at collge focused on defining art and design while investigating how
they live together.
 
Some may say that art and design act as a spectrum; art on one end and design on the other. Is it possible to reach art without design or design without art? If so, have we accomplished this? The separated of art and design encourages one to explore them working together as well and question whether or not the level of tangibility sways a piece to one end of the spectrum or the other.
This project began with the three existing, photo-realistic pieces of mine. I chose to analyze these images when asking myself whether or not art and design may ever live separately. Design in its purest form is used to solve problems and communicate a message, while art is often a form of expression, particularly in my investigation, abstract pieces. My initial three pieces were carefully composed and constructed, yet expressive. So where do they belong in this spectrum?
 
By abstracting these pieces, do they move away from the category of design and closer to art? Where do rings, inspired by these pieces, lie in the spectrum?