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1. Forsythe, Alexandra. Instantiating time : object as metaphor.

Degree: Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.), Art and Art History, 2019, Colorado State University

This body of work reflects personal research into the characteristics of time, specifically memory in relation to site, and our human relationship with the natural world. Time is relative, not absolute. Each individual has a unique perspective, from the speed at which time passes to recollection of the past to speculation into future events. Through the dual lenses of the personal and the geologic, I engage with perceptions of spatiotemporal experience. Exploration of the souvenir as a physical representation of memory and site is contrasted against the expansive theory of deep time. Through repetitive, time intensive methods grounded in traditional ways of making I create objects that both embody and represent time. By interacting directly with the body, my wearable pieces allow for an intimate engagement with these ideas; the non-wearable work provides space for reflection on the nature of time and memory. Advisors/Committee Members: Bates, Haley (advisor), Egenhoff, Sven (committee member), Emami, Sanam (committee member), Ryan, Ajean (committee member).

Subjects/Keywords: jewelry; metalsmithing; time; memento; geology; souvenir

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Forsythe, A. (2019). Instantiating time : object as metaphor. (Masters Thesis). Colorado State University. Retrieved from

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Forsythe, Alexandra. “Instantiating time : object as metaphor.” 2019. Masters Thesis, Colorado State University. Accessed July 20, 2019.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Forsythe, Alexandra. “Instantiating time : object as metaphor.” 2019. Web. 20 Jul 2019.


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