Term of Award

Spring 2007

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia Walker

Committee Member 1

Bruce Little

Committee Member 2

Julie McGuire

Committee Member 3

Onylie Onylie

Abstract

The objective of my thesis research is to collect, assimilate, and reconstruct the paradigms of expression in order to formulate my own unique form of art. This thesis provides a detailed exploration of artwork done for my MFA Exhibition with emphasis on artistic intent, use of metaphor, and the conveyance of knowledge through painting. These components are discussed in comparison to the major movements of expressionism and signature artists of the 20th century such as Vassily Kandinsky, Robert Motherwell, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. The philosophers, R. G. Collingwood, Suzanne Langer, and Nelson Goodman are cited to support ideas discussed in this paper. In addition, the aesthetic theories of Expressionism and Cognitivism are also discussed as an underlying correlation between the images in my thesis exhibition.

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