Saleema Sheik M.F.A.

Master-Thesis: "DESTRUCTION RECONSTRUCTION"

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

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Summary

 Ruined architecture has always fascinated me – that someone once lived here, the events that took place in the space. It is this passing of time in an architectural space, and the aura it omits, that has inspired my investigation of the notion of transition. Uncertainty is a very uncomfortable state, neither here nor there. What will happen next? The situations that lead to the consequences, which transforms a person or a condition.

My thesis revolves around the theories from two Anthropologist’s Arnold Van Gennep and Victor Turner, which are related to liminality. liminal state is the place where ambiguity is given birth to. Ambiguity is the one facet of transition that I could connect with my fascination with the architectural ruins. There is a human connection between these two notions and how they amalgamate and becomes something new while belonging to none and all at the same time.

Therefore, much of our past phase is diminished away leaving behind fragments that are integrated into our new life. This transition is also affected by the presence of certain architectural elements in our surroundings such as doors and windows as they are an opening; the threshold towards a new chapter, the space in between, being the nothingness that defines our state of ambiguity. Many of the form in my jewellery structures are reflective of this. The archaic feel of the pieces reminds one of the ruins of old structures but also relates to the ruins of ones past that were left behind during their transition. These ruins of each transitional phases are layered one over the other, in my pieces, with the fluid quality of the materials.

With the integration of such diverse individuals we create a fusion, which makes us a remarkable creation since we do not retaliate change. And those who do are always excluded of the big whole. Secluded or not we are always rediscovering ourselves. The focus here is on the journey not the destination, as the destination is always there, be it of choice or not. One feels that every phase chips off piece of their identity yet, they forget by loosing, they are acquiring a new one. These broken pieces, this journey makes us who we are, makes us unique.

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