Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

What is Lost Along the Way
by Norris, Cody, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 13; 1526941
Abstract (Summary)

My Master of Fine Arts project exhibition, What is Lost Along the Way, presented seven paintings that used landscape and fire as metaphors to investigate the-ubiquity of presence and absence in life. What is lost along the way in life and how does loss allow for growth and understanding? My work explores the emotions and thoughts that are stirred when something is taken away. Illusionistic images of smoky forests were subjected to a torch and the chemical reaction of burning was used to create paintings that had a tragic beauty. The creation of the images utilized an additive and subtractive process between painting and burning away layers of paint. The process was controlled but not confined. The accident of the fire and the cyclical nature of creation was important to the larger theme of loss in the paintings.

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 53/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Dystopia, Environmental loss, Forestry, Original paintings
Publication Number: 1526941
ISBN: 978-1-321-27741-8
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