Thesis: Mikaela Fortune

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses 2014.

The following images are from Mikaela Fortune’s BFA exhibition at University of Denver. Hypothesis, I, II, & III are screen prints on wood and paper. Here is a brief statement…

In my experience, no two humans understand or synthesize information in exactly the same way. I propose that fictional narrative has the ability to tell us about ourselves, and that it provides meaning where hard scientific or historical facts fall short. My studio practice is in turn an investigation of this proposition, the goal of which is a heightened sensitivity to the human experience, and developing my own method of understanding and dealing with complex concepts.

Much of my work is derived from an analysis of pop cultural, narrative landscapes—Gallifrey, Hogwarts, Middle Earth, Narnia—those with established languages, geography, or other distinguishable iconography. This interest in maps, writing systems, and symbols as related to invented realities has inspired the development of my own fictional civilization.

In my recent work, I explore a society that never developed a linear concept of time. I seek to reflect this society’s interest in an abstract sense of space and light through different types of ink surfaces, as well as the dimensionality created between wood and paper. The structures on display have specific cultural functions; i.e. a clock, a calendar, and a compass. Ultimately, these offered and fabricated artifacts are an attempt to convey the strength and purpose of imagination.

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