Last year, I assumed I already would have had my proposal for this spring’s thesis project worked out by now. Things never seem to go as planned! I’ve known for over a year that I wanted to work with some sort of Native American topic, but I just haven’t been able to narrow it down much further than that. Today though, I had a breakthrough thanks to a conversation with one of my fellow interior design students. (Thanks Jasmine!)
I’d initially thought that I was interested in looking at ways that cultural content are infused into buildings, but for some reason that topic hasn’t captured my attentions as fully as I’d expected. I kept circling around ideas of working with art and museums without being able to land on anything that felt right. Talking to Jasmine I was struck by inspiration to focus less on museum buildings and more on exhibits. Although I love museums, there is always a part of me that feels slightly disturbed by how mausoleum-like they can feel. One of the things that I really loved about the recent Coast Salish show at Seattle Art Museum was two parts that combined projected videos/images with larger objects. It really made the objects come alive and gave them more context.
So that’s where I’m at. I’ve got a mission now, and it is all starting with a note I scribbled to myself this afternoon saying, “Bringing artifacts to life!”