Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Davis, Catherine, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 14; 1520859
Abstract (Summary)

The works in my MFA exhibition Accumulation draw inspiration from the instances in my life when I have had to pack up and move from one home to another. I move easily portable objects from my home to my studio where these belongings enter my visual lexicon. Next, I consciously summon disruptive energy in order to catalyze work for exhibition. I visualize this energy as a giant, vortex-shaped storm, the experience of which shapes each collage. The pictorial space occupied by my work is a combination of Futurist collage space, the grid foundation utilized by pioneering collagist Hannah Höch and the low-relief plane of Robert Rauschenberg's Combine paintings. My ultimate goal is to build my own "Merz composite" objects which transcend categorization and move into public and natural environments while maintaining conscious connections with their source material. I position myself in a large group of contemporary artists working with found materials, such as China Adams, The Institute for Figuring, Lisa Segal and Thomas Hirschorn. I question the use of the phrase "found materials" to describe such diverse practices, yet I value the dialogue in contemporary art surrounding found material, the role of artist as maker and the framing of creative practice inside and outside of the artist's studio.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Krumpak, Thomas
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/03M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Original artwork
Publication Number: 1520859
ISBN: 978-1-267-70256-2
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