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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Outer place, inner space
by McCarty, Paula Jane, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2009, 4; 1466337
Abstract (Summary)

Relocating cross-country to pursue my graduate degree brought with it a contrast in environments that made adjustment difficult. A persistent longing for the outdoors and its restorative properties, along with a desire for well-defined seasons, inspired me. I sought to create images of places where memory and imagination could evoke a state of mind. Within these abstracted landscape paintings, I hoped to offer a space where the viewer might connect with their own remembrances of time and place.

The capricious quality of my work revealed my love for utilizing quirky, poetic forms. Incorporating dramatic gestures or colors, referencing fabric and pattern designs, and utilizing negative spaces as strong formal elements, were all modes for articulating emotion. In this way, I allowed each painting to differentiate itself, thereby becoming distinct and singular in much the same way particular memories are.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Thibeault, Marie
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 47/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Publication Number: 1466337
ISBN: 978-1-109-17645-2
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