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Surfacing the Void

Description: Surfacing the Void is an exploration of surface design in relationship to the topic of voids. For the purpose of this paper, two types of void were addressed: shelters and hulls. The theme behind the sculptural works dealt with negative spaces as an analogy for the voids in people's lives. The goal was to find a way for the surfaces to elicit an emotional response from the viewer that correlates to the impression of either shelter or hull. Keeping this in mind, each experiment was approached with how to best represent the meaning of void being manifested. Imagery was applied during different states of the clay: wet, dry, and fired. Methods of exploration included texturing, drawing, stenciling, stamping, incising, decoupage and covering the surfaces with textiles.
Date: May 2002
Creator: Williamson, Melanie L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

[handmade paper bowl]

Description: The bowl shape constructed of handmade paper is decorated by floating geometric shapes and muted pinks, oranges, blues, grays and browns.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Daybreak

Description: The horizontally placed artwork depicts a rectangular frame shape floating in the upper portion of the image. Receding into the distance are parallel horizontal lines created from textured paper in blues and browns. A vertical ladder shape is in the middle ground next to some silhouette gray geometric shapes reminiscent of buildings.
Date: 1985~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

The Light from a Shoji Window

Description: The horizontally arranged artwork depicts a circle in the foreground left corner and window grid type images in the middle and background. A pale gray stair image dominates the central portion of the composition.
Date: 1985~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[frames, clouds, ladder, and wavy canyons]

Description: The blue sky is filled with wispy clouds, a ladder reaches from the lower edge of the work to the top edge. Two frame shapes reach from the outer edges of the work to the center creating depth. Behind the frames shapes are green wavy canyons.
Date: 1986
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[dyed silk yardage]

Description: Silk yardage dyed in vertical linear patterns of oranges, greens, reds, and browns spotted with circular shapes resembling eyes or knots in wood.
Date: 1991~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[artwork made of handmade paper and screen printed silk]

Description: The artwork depicts a horizontally situated composition and is reinforced on the left and top sides by a wide gray gradated border. Emerging from the bottom edge is a wide, green curve that recedes into the distance. At the right is an open grid shape and behind that a large pink textured circle. Two small cloud like shapes float in the background.
Date: 1987~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[handmade paper art]

Description: The detail view of the handmade paper piece consists of several floating oval shapes and some colored string moving in a loose horizontally direction. The colors are light and muted from pale pinks to grays and purples.
Date: 1983~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[handmade paper on silk artwork]

Description: This horizontally arranged artwork consists of both geometric and ribbon shapes floating through the space from side to side. Frame shapes move at different angles and are connected by stripes in the background and two reddish ribbons weaving through the geometric shapes.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[ribbon through the squares and circles]

Description: This artwork has a light background and is horizontally oriented. Several rectangular frame shapes float in the space with a large circular form in the center. A long blue ribbon floats through the space connecting the geometric shapes. The colors are muted rose pinks and purples with various shades of muted browns. The ribbon is a strong teal color.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[artwork of handmade paper on silk satin]

Description: The long horizontal artwork depicts geometric shaped borders floating through the structured space. Loose ribbon shapes float among and between the geometric shapes. The colors are muted in blue, brown, green and pink tones.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[ribbon through the grid circles]

Description: A red ribbon floats through and connects a series of circles within which are grid patterns. Also floating through the space are several pale rectangular shapes. the work is horizontally situated as is the movement of the ribbon. The colors are muted blues, purples, pinks and red.
Date: 1986~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

[parallel bars, shiny circle, and ribbon]

Description: The red horizontal fabric artwork includes several vertical parallel lines with a ribbon floating behind to create depth. Lines and textures reminiscent of moss hanging from tree branches fill the left and lower portions of the work.
Date: 1990~
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design

Clouds in the Evening Glow

Description: Wavy ribbons recede into the distance which is encased in a framed gradation of color and in the background a circular opening through which the ribbons reach.
Date: 1991
Creator: Spear, Shigeko
Partner: UNT College of Visual Arts + Design