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Name: Jessica Mathis
Department: 
Illustration
Title: Deception and Deceived
Date: January, 2015

My senior thesis revolved around tribal trickster mythology, and each sculpture was meant to represent an animal known to be a trickster or an animal that is typically tricked. The materials used in their construction directly relate back to a myth associated with them. My grandfather spent many years as a young researcher living with the Inuits of the northern territories, studying birds and waterfowl. I was always captured by his expression of their resourcefulness, and how every part of the animals they hunted ended up being used. Their respect for the natural world, and understanding that everything has a purpose, is essentially why my own sculptures are forged from recycled items I’d found. Nature today is horribly mistreated. Just look at the parks of Boston. You can’t go a few feet without seeing an empty beer can, broken glass, or a chips bag floating around. I wanted to take these materials that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill and use them for something much more meaningful. Aside from the plaster and wire mesh used to create the frame of the heads, all of the materials adorning them are found by me. The Restore was an invaluable resource for me, and I encourage everyone to look around them and consider giving everyday objects a second chance at being useful.

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