Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Shewmake, Becca R., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2013, 11; 1523224
Abstract (Summary)

Uncombed is a collection of paintings that explore the dark side of the human psyche while utilizing humor and pathos in an abstract, narrative format. Throughout these works, a cast of pathetic, half-formed characters enact psychologically charged scenes in which these creatures perform acts of violence or irritation on others, although it is often unclear which being is the true antagonist. This confusion, combined with the use of impoverished materials and the pathetic quality of the characters, provokes a tension between the violence and humor in the work, through which themes of oppression and aggression are mediated. In these works, the abject and the sublime, ugliness and beauty, tragedy and comedy coalesce to create dysfunctional worlds that reflect our own realities.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thibeault, Marie
Commitee: Kleinfelder, Karen, Krumpak, Tom
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Abject, Debase, Humor, Original artwork, Pathos, Psyche, Psychological
Publication Number: 1523224
ISBN: 978-1-303-20675-7
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