Bigaj, Maria – Fine Arts
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PROJECT

My work paradoxically shifts between minimal approaches to form and a highly intuitive process. I often use modular units and grids and I overturn them through inserting perishable organic materials that I source, such as fruit, trees or flowers. The elemental quality of these materials results in natural processes of transformation and decay, often with unpredictable results.


THESIS Ocularcentrism and disenchantment of an eye

In my thesis, I critically reflect and analyze the apparent ocularcentrism, that is, its hierarchical privileging of sight over the other senses, observable in the history of Western culture. I explore the possibility of having an alterative discourse; can we also think outside of the eye? Are there different approaches? Is the visual sense the primary one? Subsequently, I discuss the beginning of conceptual art and analyze its movement in context of the denunciation of the ‘retinal eye’. I discuss the rise of ocularcentrism in this age of advanced technology and how it shapes our perspective. Finally, I present the role of art in that regard and attempt to propose a new way to approach the phenomenon through the medium of art.

(BA) Fine Arts

Bigaj, Maria

Poland

0031 (0)6 2412 8336

full-time

Internship at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design