Term of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Bruce Little

Committee Member 1

Patricia Carter

Committee Member 2

Marc Moulton

Abstract

The thesis works presented in this paper are mixed media paintings that explore the tension between artistic control and abandon in what is essentially an intuitive driven process of image making. With these thesis works I have sought to use additive and subtractive processes to create compositions that are as much an exploration of materials as they are an exploration of the formal elements of art. My work is focused on recreating the patterns, textures, and surfaces found in man-made objects and environments that I find in my daily life and I believe are often overlooked in their aesthetic value. In doing so, I hope to recreate for the viewer the moments of aesthetic discovery that I have found within the patterns, textures, and surface qualities of these objects.

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