Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Passage
by Davenport, Danelle A., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 10; 1511344
Abstract (Summary)

The paintings in Passage combine my interest in visual narrative and history by illustrating events from my family's oral history. In ten oil and acrylic paintings I re-imagine my maternal grandparents' journey from El Salvador to the United States in the 1940s, and their subsequent lives in the United States. I was also inspired by stories of my paternal family's migration from the American Midwest to Los Angeles at the same time. The exhibition attempts to not only tell a family story, but to also describe California as a place of conjoining people and cultures. The figurative style of the paintings was used to communicate a linear narrative based on historical events, and to emphasize individual action as a driver of history. While most of the paintings are inspired by true stories, I have re-imagined and reconstructed the depicted moments until the line between fact and fiction has become blurred.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Richesson, Robin
Commitee:
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/05M, Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Original artwork
Publication Number: 1511344
ISBN: 978-1-267-30858-0
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