Degree work, 2019

These playsets follow my dissertation question:

"Is limiting and reducing visual language functional or does it create abstraction?" 

The conclusion I came to was that abstraction is often useful when it leaves room for interpretation, leading the viewer to engage more with the work as they try to make their own meaning of it.


I particularly found abstraction useful in playsets- whose function was to initiate open-ended play and encourage creative problem solving. Based on this research, I crafted my own sets of shapes around the human form, in the limited colour palette of De Stijl & the early Bauhaus.


They could be made into people, they could be played with for pleasure. Included are various playsets and examples of their use. 

See the PDF (right) for my final dissertation. 

©2020 Alice Colvin-Cousley