Type of Resources

Dissertation/Thesis

Date Created

5-2020

Abstract

ABSTRACT Wilcox, Alison. Significant Objects as Metaphor for Home. Unpublished Master of Arts Thesis, University of Northern Colorado, 2020. This qualitative Arts-Based Research investigated how certain objects come to embody a personal definition of home. Objects that are treasured and are associated with home were defined in this research as significant objects. As the researcher, I selected personally significant objects to study. These objects were studied through still life painting and interviews, based on the work of Barbara Fish (2017). Data were then refined into a final reflection painting. This study indicated that significant objects are often denied their intended function, are tied to idealized memories, and help to reconnect the owner to confidence that may have been lost with the passing of time.

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