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  Like a _______  (MFA Thesis Exhibition), 2019  Installation view of MFA Thesis Exhibition  ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona  March 14-22 2019    Like a ____  was an exhibition that contemplated a single large rock. Initially acquired two years ago from an empty lot in downtown Phoenix, the rock was from an undetermined geological origin and has since traveled with me to various locations. While my initial finding and taking of the rock reflects a Western-centric history of conquest and collecting for scientific study, the prolonged action of carrying it with me becomes a relationship between two bodies—mine and the rock. Within this relationship is a question of how information is acquired and meaning is assigned to create an understanding. In response to this question, the work in  Like a ____  takes the rock and maps it into a series of visual pieces as a means of transforming and re-considering it. The rock was patterned using a traditional draping method to create 41 shapes that represent its physical surface. These shapes were then turned into drawings and sculptures in an attempt to take the rock out of a known context to investigate different ways of seeing and interacting with it.    Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Like a _______ (MFA Thesis Exhibition), 2019

Installation view of MFA Thesis Exhibition

ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

March 14-22 2019


Like a ____ was an exhibition that contemplated a single large rock. Initially acquired two years ago from an empty lot in downtown Phoenix, the rock was from an undetermined geological origin and has since traveled with me to various locations. While my initial finding and taking of the rock reflects a Western-centric history of conquest and collecting for scientific study, the prolonged action of carrying it with me becomes a relationship between two bodies—mine and the rock. Within this relationship is a question of how information is acquired and meaning is assigned to create an understanding. In response to this question, the work in Like a ____ takes the rock and maps it into a series of visual pieces as a means of transforming and re-considering it. The rock was patterned using a traditional draping method to create 41 shapes that represent its physical surface. These shapes were then turned into drawings and sculptures in an attempt to take the rock out of a known context to investigate different ways of seeing and interacting with it.

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

 Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

 Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

  Like a Rock  (Installation and Interactive view), 2019  Dimensions variable  41 Interactive mixed media objects and three accompanying books, table, gloves, shelving unit, From MFA Thesis exhibition,  Like a ______    Each sculpture was derived from one of the pattern pieces made from the rock, and was paired with a series of words generated from a careful reading of Edith Hamilton’s  Mythology , a text used in middle school and high school classrooms to introduce students to classical mythology. Each word described an instance or the context in which the term “rock” or “stone” was used in this text as an investigation of how the concept of rock/stone has been historically presented in a western context.  Viewers were invited to participate by playing with the objects. They were given the following set of instructions:  1. Put on a pair of white gloves  2. Remove object(s) of your choosing from the shelves and transfer to the table (return unwanted/unneeded objects to shelves)  3. Consider: Play is a powerful tool that requires both agency and surrender  4. Arrange the objects on the table with the above statement in mind    Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Like a Rock (Installation and Interactive view), 2019

Dimensions variable

41 Interactive mixed media objects and three accompanying books, table, gloves, shelving unit, From MFA Thesis exhibition, Like a ______


Each sculpture was derived from one of the pattern pieces made from the rock, and was paired with a series of words generated from a careful reading of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, a text used in middle school and high school classrooms to introduce students to classical mythology. Each word described an instance or the context in which the term “rock” or “stone” was used in this text as an investigation of how the concept of rock/stone has been historically presented in a western context.

Viewers were invited to participate by playing with the objects. They were given the following set of instructions:

1. Put on a pair of white gloves

2. Remove object(s) of your choosing from the shelves and transfer to the table (return unwanted/unneeded objects to shelves)

3. Consider: Play is a powerful tool that requires both agency and surrender

4. Arrange the objects on the table with the above statement in mind

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

     Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Like a _______ (MFA Thesis Exhibition), 2019

Installation view of MFA Thesis Exhibition

ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona

March 14-22 2019


Like a ____ was an exhibition that contemplated a single large rock. Initially acquired two years ago from an empty lot in downtown Phoenix, the rock was from an undetermined geological origin and has since traveled with me to various locations. While my initial finding and taking of the rock reflects a Western-centric history of conquest and collecting for scientific study, the prolonged action of carrying it with me becomes a relationship between two bodies—mine and the rock. Within this relationship is a question of how information is acquired and meaning is assigned to create an understanding. In response to this question, the work in Like a ____ takes the rock and maps it into a series of visual pieces as a means of transforming and re-considering it. The rock was patterned using a traditional draping method to create 41 shapes that represent its physical surface. These shapes were then turned into drawings and sculptures in an attempt to take the rock out of a known context to investigate different ways of seeing and interacting with it.

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Like a Rock (Installation and Interactive view), 2019

Dimensions variable

41 Interactive mixed media objects and three accompanying books, table, gloves, shelving unit, From MFA Thesis exhibition, Like a ______


Each sculpture was derived from one of the pattern pieces made from the rock, and was paired with a series of words generated from a careful reading of Edith Hamilton’s Mythology, a text used in middle school and high school classrooms to introduce students to classical mythology. Each word described an instance or the context in which the term “rock” or “stone” was used in this text as an investigation of how the concept of rock/stone has been historically presented in a western context.

Viewers were invited to participate by playing with the objects. They were given the following set of instructions:

1. Put on a pair of white gloves

2. Remove object(s) of your choosing from the shelves and transfer to the table (return unwanted/unneeded objects to shelves)

3. Consider: Play is a powerful tool that requires both agency and surrender

4. Arrange the objects on the table with the above statement in mind

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

Image Credit: Ryan Parra

  Like a _______  (MFA Thesis Exhibition), 2019  Installation view of MFA Thesis Exhibition  ASU Step Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona  March 14-22 2019    Like a ____  was an exhibition that contemplated a single large rock. Initially acquired two years ago from an empty lot in downtown Phoenix, the rock was from an undetermined geological origin and has since traveled with me to various locations. While my initial finding and taking of the rock reflects a Western-centric history of conquest and collecting for scientific study, the prolonged action of carrying it with me becomes a relationship between two bodies—mine and the rock. Within this relationship is a question of how information is acquired and meaning is assigned to create an understanding. In response to this question, the work in  Like a ____  takes the rock and maps it into a series of visual pieces as a means of transforming and re-considering it. The rock was patterned using a traditional draping method to create 41 shapes that represent its physical surface. These shapes were then turned into drawings and sculptures in an attempt to take the rock out of a known context to investigate different ways of seeing and interacting with it.    Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
 Image Credit: Ryan Parra
 Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
  Like a Rock  (Installation and Interactive view), 2019  Dimensions variable  41 Interactive mixed media objects and three accompanying books, table, gloves, shelving unit, From MFA Thesis exhibition,  Like a ______    Each sculpture was derived from one of the pattern pieces made from the rock, and was paired with a series of words generated from a careful reading of Edith Hamilton’s  Mythology , a text used in middle school and high school classrooms to introduce students to classical mythology. Each word described an instance or the context in which the term “rock” or “stone” was used in this text as an investigation of how the concept of rock/stone has been historically presented in a western context.  Viewers were invited to participate by playing with the objects. They were given the following set of instructions:  1. Put on a pair of white gloves  2. Remove object(s) of your choosing from the shelves and transfer to the table (return unwanted/unneeded objects to shelves)  3. Consider: Play is a powerful tool that requires both agency and surrender  4. Arrange the objects on the table with the above statement in mind    Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra
     Image Credit: Ryan Parra