Term of Award
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Document Type and Release Option
Thesis (open access)
Department of Art
Committee Member 1
Committee Member 2
This thesis examines mark-making techniques in my art and surveys the literary and musical works that inspired it. An historical examination of the role of mark-making in art will be undertaken, beginning with Paleolithic cave art, continuing with Native American petroglyphs and pictographs, and concluding with three contemporary visual artists whose marks have influenced my work: Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cy Twombly, and Susan Rothenberg. Finally, my artistic process is explained through references to the materials and rituals used to create a body of art. This thesis researches the meaning behind artistic marks, and how marks are made in my paintings and in the work of other artists.
Harmon, Susan Lee, "Poiesis" (2007). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 142.