2020 BFA THESIS SHOW
BOSTON UNIVERSITY
COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS


























 


WENJING LIU

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Since World War I, people have witnessed the absurdity and destruction of war, and developed doubts about rational ideals, culture, and morality. New ideas break the old conventions, and their main philosophical basis is the subconscious doctrine. Unconscious chaos and unconventional fantasy dreams break through typical logical thinking and offer existence beyond reality. Based in this theory, my thesis explores a new relationship of human and objects.

Plato’s Allegory of the Cave suggests that everything we see is an illusion: similar to cave people who witnessed a shadow of the outside world reflected in the cave, not part of the real world. Many things happen in daily life, which we consider to be realistic. But what if the real world is not the one we thought? What if we are just seeing the shadows?

In Sophies World, under the guidance of Alberto, Sophie began to think about philosophical questions. In the end, Sophie realized she was only a character in the book and part of Alberto’s consciousness. She began to fight against a fake world, and the world in the book gradually twisted, becoming weird and unmanageable.

My curiosity lays in the relationship between humans and objects. What if objects have equal stature or even higher stature than humans? What if objects had emotions to communicate with people? What if objects could be placed in a different order?