Amy Lenharth "Omphalos" Abstract Several years of research into technique and personal experience have resulted in the thesis exhibition called "Omphalos". The central concept of the thesis is the axis mundi, the unseen connection between the underworld, the physical realm, and the heavens. The idea of the axis mundi is found in many cultures and illustrates not just a physical journey, but a psychological one. The installation is comprised of four main pieces, the central piece being the axis mundi. Ceramic is the main medium used and is supported by the addition of found architectural objects. There are many historical references used, both architectural and symbolic, in the attempt to translate my personal experiences into concrete form so that they may strike a universal chord in the viewer.
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