Term of Award

Spring 2018

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

Marc Moulton

Committee Member 1

Julie McGuire

Committee Member 2

Kelly Boehmer


This thesis examines the work included in Usman Oladeinde’s MFA thesis exhibition. The goal of this thesis paper is to explore major themes such as communication, identity, change, centeredness, landscapes, and language. These paintings present Arabic letter forms transformed into illegible shapes which are painted on landscape backgrounds, often depicting an aesthetic of textual elements receding into space. All these works are inspired by the Qibla, which is represented in the abstract and painted using acrylic media. Occasionally image transfers are mounted on the painted surface.

Visual representations like mine are communicative without forcing the viewer to one specific idea. I paint to connect with history, spirituality, and family. These shapes represent memory and centeredness. Influenced by identity, I am inspired by the duality of landscapes - struggle and ease, chaos and calm.

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