• MA in Visual & Critical Studies

  • Henry Witecki

  • Raquel P. Nakoneczny - CCA Graduate Thesis Events

    Raquel P. Nakoneczny

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    Ernesto Neto, Mother body emotional densities, /for alive temple time baby son, 2009. The Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California.


    raquel@nakoneczny.us

    Thesis Abstract

    SCULPTING HUMANITY IN THE WORK OF ERNESTO NETO

    For more than 20 years, the sculptures of the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto have enticed viewers to engage in multisensory experiences. The activation of the sensuous human body in dialogue with Neto’s abstract and organic sculptures teaches participants what it means to “be in the world.” The writings of Martin Heidegger provide the philosophical lens through which this project examines Neto’s works as capable of unveiling the nature of being. The research articulates certain aspects of being such as presence, the body in space, and the relationship between the human and the world to demonstrate how Neto’s sculptures reveal the essence of our humanity as anchored, embedded, and submerged in the materiality of the day-to-day world.