Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The Forgotten Face
by O'Grady, Kevin M., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 10; 1499189
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grey, Jennifer J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Mixed media, Original artwork, Painting
Publication Number: 1499189
ISBN: 978-1-124-85243-0
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