Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Off-line A project report
by Graziano, Audra M., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 11; 1527706
Abstract (Summary)

This group of paintings was informed by an investigation of the complex linear matrix of wires within telecommunications networks and data centers. As most of these processes are automated, I took interest in how they continue operating without our knowledge or attention, much like the functions of our own human bodies. I began to regard this wiring as the nervous system of our technologically driven modes of communication. With this as a metaphor, I began to question how the greater system of daily operations played into contemporary life, both physically and psychologically.

Often, it is not until we encounter a glitch or malfunction in these processes, that we even become aware of the system that generated them. I decided to take these faults in the wiring as visual metaphors and departure points to begin the intuitive process of painting. While my work has been instigated by a metaphorical investigation into technology, its core reflects the handmade; intuitive, and off-line. These paintings have evolved from an abstract relationship with technological transmission to an embodied metaphor for technology within human experience.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thibeault, Marie
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 52/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Abstract painting, Abstraction, Original artwork, Overlap, Painting, Process glitch, Wires
Publication Number: 1527706
ISBN: 978-1-303-92561-0
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