Term of Award

Spring 2009

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Creative Commons License
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Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia Walker

Committee Member 1

Bruce Little

Committee Member 2

Julie McGuire


The following is the written source of my ideas and the execution of their place in my work used for my MFA thesis exhibition. In this body of work, I have approached the same subject matter -- social structures -- through various techniques and media. I have chosen this subject matter after consistently observing and experiencing people base social decisions not on their own personal intuition, but on that which is dictated by any number of social pressures they are presented with. I represent these social structures metaphorically through arrangements of grids and lines. Artists and philosophers whose work has influenced me, whether contemporary or found in art history, will be cited throughout this thesis. These influences range from Abstract Expressionism and Modern art to Pop and Contemporary art. The methods I employ that come from these influences vary from drawing and painting on flat surfaces, collaging elements, and later into adding three dimensional objects. I will begin by discussing the ideology behind my work including various philosophical and aesthetic ideas, and give a general overview of the path my work has taken in my time at Georgia Southern University. I will then discuss influential figures from art history, and lastly my own work and techniques in-depth.

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