The idea of the "spiritual" conjures notions of belief, wonder, and divinity for many people. I have come to understand the spiritual to be a part of my daily life, my inner thoughts and feelings, and the means to which I understand the world around me. To give a complete explanation of the meaning of this word would be taking on the task of defining God and is ultimately ineffable--too great or extreme to be expressed or described in words. Yet, living my life through the lens of the spiritual has offered me both solitude and relationship, a greater hope, and tranquility. Most of all it has offered me a haven and a sacred space to heal. Held is a body of work consisting of small-scale sculptural objects that explore concepts of divine ecstasy, serenity, and reverential awe. These notions are expressed through containers that act as an allegorical expression of the soul and as a sanctuary for reflection. Creating these objects afforded me the opportunity to process my experiences into tangible form through therapeutic processes of making. Through this body of work, I intend to inspire wonder, contemplation, and imagination about our shared existence.
Roddenbery, Holly. (December 2018). Held (Master's Thesis, East Carolina University). Retrieved from the Scholarship. (http://hdl.handle.net/10342/7063.)
Roddenbery, Holly. Held. Master's Thesis. East Carolina University, December 2018. The Scholarship. http://hdl.handle.net/10342/7063. September 25, 2023.
Roddenbery, Holly, “Held” (Master's Thesis., East Carolina University, December 2018).
Roddenbery, Holly. Held [Master's Thesis]. Greenville, NC: East Carolina University; December 2018.
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