My Master of Fine Art's thesis exhibition is a collection of mixed media watercolor paintings that stem from my interest in human expression. Counter to traditional notions of portraiture, however, my body of work pictures anonymity and ambiguous states of feeling. The faces are about one and a half times life-sized, giving them a commanding mask-like presence. Sources for my faces are inspired by a variety of print media; my preliminary creative process is akin to an act of re-casting, mining individual personas to create my own characters. Powerful calligraphic line, however, is essential to the definition of character in each of the works. Competing with the restive application of paint, the painting's faces have the potential to express an array of feelings. Expressions range from self-assured, restrained, disbelieving, numb, aware, stunned, amused, quiet, and disturbed. Taking time to notice subtle facial expressions is essential to an engaging "read" of the exhibition.
|Advisor:||Grey, Jennifer J.|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Mixed media, Original artwork, Painting|
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