Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Revised and Expanded Version: A Series of Etchings
by O'Donnell, Bridget R., M.F.A., Kent State University, 2012, 28; 10631333
Abstract (Summary)

The Revised and Expanded Version is a series of large-scale intaglio prints that explore notions of beauty using line and text. Etched and printed over a series of eight different states, the prints illustrate their own evolution over time and a process of redaction and revision. Through the etching process the prints were simultaneously constructed and deconstructed by the processes of their making. The images began as a “life-sized” self-portrait filled with philosophical texts on beauty, then followed by a layer of more personal, diaristic writing. The plates were reworked and printed many times, culminating in their final states as they filled in more densely with text and aggressive marks. At the climax of the series, text and aggressive marks on the plate built up a dramatic tension between figure and ground, indicative of the tenuous relationship between the internal and external. Finally, the ground was subdued by the destruction of the etching process, while the figure remained, dense and unbroken, thus concluding the series.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Loderstedt, Michael
Commitee: Browne, Kathleen, Reifel, J. Noel
School: Kent State University
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- Ohio
Source: MAI 56/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts, Art Criticism, Language
Keywords: Beauty, Etching, Intaglio, Printmaking, Self-portraiture
Publication Number: 10631333
ISBN: 978-0-355-01591-1
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