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Sealing Place: Impressions of Rome - Tamryn McDermott

Show simple item record McDermott, Tamryn Irvin, Sarah 2016-08-30T19:50:15Z 2016-08-30T19:50:15Z May 2016
dc.description Exhibition Catalog from the Sealing Place: Impressions of Rome exhibit by Tamryn McDermott at the Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University
dc.description.abstract My methodology emulates that of a historian and enters into the arena of archaeologists, archivists and curators. Historians write, and re-write history privileging certain evidence while imposing specific agendas, to reshape history. Confronting history as a construction; I provoke viewers through historical representation, unmasking illusions of precision and truth. By deconstructing and analyzing the way the historical record is fabricated, my work reveals the futile nature of preserving an accurate history. Rome is an ideal site to deconstruct and analyze the condition of history; a site rich in rewritten and overwritten political and moral agendas. Historically, the fabric of Rome has been deconstructed and re-stitched since its origins, often rooted in myth and fragmented written records. Taking this history as my subject matter, I turn it into my working process, revealing the limitations of preserving history and accessing historical reality. In this exhibition, the contextualization of the objects becomes imperative to how the work is perceived. My goal is to redefine the importance of installation and presentation of objects. The objects themselves are important, but become secondary to the structure and organization of the installation. The structural framework is meant to challenge viewers to consider the origins of knowledge about the past and how archaeologists, archivists and curators reinterpret and mythologize historical evidence. Curated displays suggest the research and conclusions imbedded in the objects. The arrangement reflects a stratified composite structure, mirroring written narrative history.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher Fenwick Gallery, George Mason University Libraries
dc.subject visual art en_US
dc.subject sculpture en_US
dc.subject artists' books en_US
dc.subject Rome (Italy) en_US
dc.subject Italy en_US
dc.subject archives en_US
dc.subject history en_US
dc.subject handmade paper en_US
dc.subject art and research en_US
dc.title Sealing Place: Impressions of Rome - Tamryn McDermott
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