Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Garden-variety A project report
by Chartier, Renee C., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 11; 1527900
Abstract (Summary)

Three washed out three by five inch photographs of pigeons suspended in motion created by my father before my birth are the launching point for this body of work, Garden-variety. The ambiguity of these pictures gives room for interpretation and roots the body of work. The series also tests the limits of what one can understand from a photographic document. By merging my father's photographs, found images and my own constructed images, I hope to subvert the indexical elements of individual images and their role in the installation as a whole, providing subjective perspectives that are neither "true" nor "false."

Garden-variety creates associative fictions that cannot be entirely known, but can be experienced through visual associations, allowing the viewer to project meaning onto the work that can grow exponentially. The fictional, ambiguous construction of associations provides a cognitive arrangement of the past that is outside of language.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Sittler-Schrock, Rebecca
Commitee: Riedel, Kyle, Siegel, Fran
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Father, Original photography, Pigeons
Publication Number: 1527900
ISBN: 978-1-303-98424-2
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