Graduate Alumni Work > Advanced Fiber Studio (Highlights)

Fatemeh Aghayan (Fall 2006)
Fatemeh Aghayan (Fall 2006)

Keys can be represented in a multitude of ways: physically, as numbers, as mapping codes, and also as perceptions. In this work, keys are represented as compasses. These are keys that we use as decoding systems when trying to understand the world around us. These decoding systems can be prescriptions on how to lead one's life, how to treat and approach the environment, or ideas passed down through family.

The problem with these keys, these decoding systems, is that once one has been appropriated, it usually remains unchanged. In order for decoding systems to work, they need to be continuously revised to be relevant: one key cannot be used to open all doors. A lack of constant change in the decoding mechanisms leads to a pigeonholing mentality that prevents us from truly understanding what is happening. Instead of altering the decoding systems, we use our prejudices to assess different events, and thus diminish people's humanity and the situations in which they find themselves by giving labels.

Representing these keys in series of numbers and symbols is a way to portray our inner wirings of these different decoding systems. From numbers, one interprets a key, a pattern. In this piece, these codes and numbers are fixed, and yet they can be held and carried, and touched, such that after each encounter they never remain the same.