jamaal b. sheats

Project Description: Eight Octaves is designed to complement the architecture of the Music City Center and provide visitors with a visual representation of the sights and sounds of Nashville, TN. The work of art is comprised of a series of eight repousse’ metal-relief (aluminum) panels that form the shape of a slightly abstract fragmented guitar. The series is divided into four themes: the Rhythm, the Beat, the Pulse, and the Measure, with the size of the panels ranging from 8in x 5ft to 8in x 7.5ft.

A point of entry is often defined by the space it inhabits. In a three-part installation of large-scale structures with pushed, pulled, and hammered repousse’ metal doors or carved wood, I reversed this concept. Each door poses its own question. The proposition is to translate parables of contemplation, spirituality and perplexity as metaphors of human experiences into tangible physical space. In this instance, the point of entry defines the space.


This project is a body of work, where I pose the question: What happens when your creative DNA and physiological DNA merge?

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This project is an exploration of memory through mark-making using the principles of Palimpsest

pal·imp·sest
n.
1. A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible.
2. An object, place, or area that reflects its history.http:
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re•pous•sé (rə puˈseɪ)

adj.
1. (of a design) raised in relief by hammering on the reverse side.
2. ornamented or made in this kind of raised work.
n.
3. the art or process of producing repoussé designs.
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