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  • My dad has a bad heart and has a valve replacement, which makes his heart beat sound robotic. When everything is quiet I can hear it ticking which has always been a special moment for me. I got the idea to do it for my thesis because I sick and went to the ER and while the doctor was listening to my heart I could hear his heart and could tell he also had a similar heart surgery based on the sound of his heartbeat.
    I recorded my dad's heart beat and I'm putting my ipod in the back of this shadow box so if people are quiet enough they can hear the heartbeat. It's kinda a way of celebrating those quiet moments with my dad that are so special to me, and to celebrate his weird heart that makes those moments possible, because without a valve transplant he wouldn't be with me.
    When it comes to my classes thesis topic, "Art and Design", art to me is a way of connecting to one another, those special quiet moments where you are connected to a stranger, which is what I am trying to achieve with the heart and design is something used to make our lives better, the valve transplant.
  • From the first piece came the notebook. Then from my notes came the final piece, a summary of my experience that people needed to "slow down" and "appreciate" their surroundings.