Term of Award

Spring 2003

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Department

Department of Fine Arts

Committee Chair

Elizabeth Jane Pleak

Committee Member 1

Julie McGuire

Committee Member 2

Thomas P. Steadman

Committee Member 3

Christina Lemon

Abstract

The theme of my current work relates to the cycle of life and death in nature. The quiet and tenacious entity of nature that always springs forth is visible all around us, as vines encroach homes, blades of grass push through the cracked black top of the road and the rhythm of the tides erodes the shore. It is the cycle of life and death in nature, this spiritual force that I am honoring in this particular series of work. The foundations of the forms are geometric structures that are in the process of decomposing and transforming.

Death at times is seen as final, but one needs to look beyond that process to see the nurturing quality of decay. The central geometric structure supports some appendages that take root and branch from the core and deliquesce into lichen, crustacean, and pitted textures. My palette is drawn from the estuary of the sea and consists of cerulean blue, verdigris copper, and earth ochers. Like the cycle of life and death, the flow of the water is constant. It is at the sea where I find solace for the soul.

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