Westergard, Kelsey

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Wood, steel, rope, clay, terra sig


8 ft. x 8 ft. x 11 ft.

Artist Statement

The goal of science is to rationally understand through observation the mechanics of the universe. Great minds have unlocked many mysteries, and yet many aspects of the universe remain incomprehensible. For me, the pleasure of finding things out is one of the greatest joys in life, but discovery has consequences. In my studies I will occasionally run into questions there simply aren’t answers to, mostly regarding the origins of time, space, and life. These moments reflect the spiritual need for creation mythology, and in my mind, physical laws like gravity, entropy and the conservation of energy become god-like. With science as my muse, I seek to communicate the awe-inspiring power and beauty I see in all matter.
In my pseudo-religious scientific worldview, entropy reigns supreme. Entropy is a measure of disorder in a closed system and it may only increase over time, a law which we all know intuitively. For example, a clean studio will only become messier over time unless work is done to restore order. Entropy is creator and destroyer all at once. It is the reason that matter spread unevenly in the early universe, allowing the formation of the galaxies and life, but it is by nature an unstoppable destructive force and the universe as we know it will ‘end’ when entropy finally achieves maximum disorder and all energy is dispersed.
This project is a monument to the ambivalent cruelty of entropy as god. I have created a closed system in which my doomed rabbits act as units of energy collected by living things. The mechanism that supports them translates the invisible forces of gravitational energy and time into destructive power, as an illustration of the natural systems in which we are all entrapped.

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Westergard, Kelsey, “Untitled,” Lewis & Clark Senior Art, accessed November 29, 2015, https://library.lclark.edu/seniorprojects/items/show/4475.