thomas asmuth

research and art work of Thomas Asmuth MFA candidate at the CADRE Laboratory for New Media.

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Artist’s statement (a manifesto for 28 February 2006)

a. The foundations of the world are beautiful in their natural geometries and form.

b. The essential theories and physics of familiar objects and substances become deeply imbued and burdened with the subliminal connotations of cultural utilization of these substance-objects. 

c. I like to explore the philosophic landscape that is formed from the subtexts and substance-objects. On these topographies I often discover rich metaphors.


For sometime I have been trying to figure out how to talk about the beauty and meaning of the class of pharmaceutical chemistry known as anti-depressants. I was originally drawn in by circumstances in my personal life which made me look into the chemistry of these molecules.

As soon as I saw the structures I was drawn in to beauty I saw in the modeling. The referent models are a language a symbolic abstraction to use as a communication tool. The models(language) has syntax and protocols that refer to the nature's geometry and architecture.

While thinking about those attractive qualities I downloaded a molecular modeling program, iMol. Very quickly I knew how to render my 'art' from these structures. The molecule is used to help patients transition to new lives and I immediately saw the correlation to transitional objects of childhood.

My Fluoxetine is a soft sculpture intentionally rendered for human interaction. It is human sized and designed to be attractive to the hand and eye. I want viewers to interact, cuddle, hold the sculpture. Fluoxetine is meant to transgress the fine art 'no touching' taboo and enter the world of fetishistic objects as agent provocateur seductively inserting conceptualism into the world of the marketplace and 'sell-out'.

Ultimately I would like to find a sewing shop to create a limited edition of Fluoxetine at half scale. Additionally I would like to develop a line of chemistry 'sculptures' whose touch and appearance illustrate the meanings injected into them by cultural use.


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