First Advisor

Rita Robillard

Term of Graduation

Spring 2000

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in Sculpture






Play in art, Installations (Art), Sculpture, Modern -- 20th century, Sculpture, Modern



Physical Description

1 online resource (iv, 20 pages)


The theoretical and contextual placement of my work is informed by child development psychology. The intention is to evoke and analyze what children do, not to imitate. My use of faux fur, comforting blankets and the form of play balls all function to create objects and environments that lend themselves to absurdity, humor, and of course child-like play.

"fort, da" is titled in spirit from Sigmund Freud's observation of a child throwing a toy with an accompanying statement fort, German for "gone." The child then delights in retrieving the object while exclaiming da or "here."1 The anxiety of loss is mastered in this game, literally with an object. The child passes over from the passivity of abandonment and loss to the activity of the game, much as my work asks a participant to move through only looking at the art to the actual interaction of the "game."


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