Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Living in the orchard and being hungry
by Swartz-Turfle, Harry, M.F.A., The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 2012, 39; 1511855
Abstract (Summary)

The written portion of my thesis explores the personal ideas, historical background, and creative context for a body of abstract paintings created for my MFA thesis exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. This body of work comes from an investigation into the language of painting, the differences between the image and the painting object, consciousness and illusion, the relationship of pleasure to viewing, and how much of a painting's communication comes from its history and context. The paintings are objects made from wood, canvas, acrylic, enamel, and epoxy resin. Their meaning comes from the tensions between painting as a material object, as a way of creating illusionist space, and as an experience of the artist and viewer's visual thinking.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cassidy, Christopher M.
Commitee: Ananian, Mike, Campbell Thomas, Barbara, Jenkens, Lawrence, Stephan, Mariam
School: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Department: College of Arts & Sciences: Art
School Location: United States -- North Carolina
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Communication, Aesthetics
Keywords: Abstract, Expressionism, Image, Language, Painting, Personal
Publication Number: 1511855
ISBN: 978-1-267-38377-8
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