James Rouse MFA Applied Craft + Design Practicum 2015

Couch Forts

This project draws upon a childlike sense of exploration and discovery. Through a recombinant process of using materials at-hand to build inhabitable objects, I attempt to create poetic experiences that feel equally – and simultaneously – of the past, present, and future. My joyful (mis)use of readily available, ubiquitous materials in an immediate, assemblage method of making is intended to inspire playful and aspirational approaches to creative potentialities, sustaining a sense of discovery. In the words of D.W. Winnicott, β€œIt is in playing and only in playing that the individual child or adult is able to be creative and to use the whole personality, and it is only in being creative that the individual discovers the self.”

93 albums

Spring 2015

120 albums

MFA in Applied Craft + Design Thesis Works