Yiftah Avrahami M.F.A.

Master-Thesis: "spirit, matter and the creative mind"

Supervision: Prof. Ute Eitzenhöfer, Prof. Eva-Maria Kollischan, Prof. Theo Smeets

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Summary

My task as a maker in the western society is to explore other times and cultures in a search of varying spiritual processes and attitudes of other creators-done through the fabrication of different materials into suitable forms.

The master thesis emphasizes on three different cultures in which a creative individual operates: 

  • the world of an alchemist who practices alchemy,
  • a voodoo fetisher dealing with the magic of the voodoo religion and
  • the artisan, a creative individual emerging from the Tuareg desert culture.

The purpose of the thesis is to study the three creative figures and their ability to carry out a transformation of matter through spirituality. By studying their unique approach towards material, tools and environment I gained a better understanding of the reasons that drive these makers to create despite all the social difficulties. I have examined the important position of the makers in their society and their complex relationship with it.