Date of Award

1-1-2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

Art

Sub-Department

Art Studio

First Advisor

Virginia Scotchie

Abstract

An investigation into the history of salt reveals its importance throughout the history of human existence. Based on this history, table-sized salt vessels were created to advance an appreciation of salt as a mineral that not only enhances life but is necessary for man's survival. This thesis examines salt's historical role in terms of trade, war, religion, and culture. Artistic influences that helped shape the conceptual development of the salt vessels are discussed also. The vessels reference salt's inherent geophysical environment while serving as objects whose design, color, and surface treatment are meant to elevate salt both physically and symbolically. The resulting salt vessels serve to enhance a seemingly disappearing part of the cultural ritual of eating - that of taking time to appreciate and understand what is ingested into our bodies.

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