Date of Award

5-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Art

Advisor

Cross, Sydney A

Committee Member

Feeser , Andrea

Committee Member

McDonald , Todd

Abstract

My work seeks to question culture's occupation with the direct and conclusive, stirring the viewer away from immediate understanding in order to better grasp the pervasive vitality of the obscure. The thesis outlines the presence of the unclear in our lives and our lack of consideration of its importance due to an occupation with productivity. This argument is made with a body of non-objective artwork that presents visual and spatial ambiguities. By occupying paradoxes and indeterminate focal points, the art resists recognition and conclusion both formally and intellectually. The paper also discusses the importance of printmaking and restraint, requiring one to shift attention to the subtle and unassertive. The culmination of the visual moments aims to cause a resensitized mode of seeing for my viewer.

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