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This is a brief guide to sources of information on arts available at the AUT Library. It is not an exhaustive list.

Welcome

Welcome to the AUT Library subject guide for Visual Design.

This guide is designed to help you find useful information in electronic or print format - you will find lists of databases and other Library resources, and some handy links to websites you may find helpful.

Featured artwork

Title : Ecstacy

Artist : Karen Cusolito

Artist : Karen Cusolito

This massive figurative installation by mixed media artist Karen Cusolito stands a staggering 30 feet high. The California-based sculptor's towering figure of a woman titled Ecstasy is made of 9 tons of salvaged steel. The sculpture depicts an emotive woman who has slung her head back in a state of euphoria. She is meant to embody passion, with her tilted head and emotional stance.

The construction of the piece is remarkably concise. The figure is tightly wound and sculpted to form the proper silhouette of the expressive female form, utilizing random bits of metal and chains to represent the firm and flowy texture of skin and hair. As abstract as its constructing components may appear, there is a defined appearance of the human shape, as well as the internal workings of the body. When looked upon closely, there is a recognizable rib cage, a central spinal chord, and even the illusion of muscles behind the skin-like surface of the embellished and looped steel.

Sourced from http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/karen-cusolito-ecstasy

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