Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
James F. Baker
John F. Acorn
It is the act of self-reflection that nurtures this body of artwork . Through the skill of observation and examination I am able to establish passageways of exploration that awaken thoughts and feelings we hold with in us . Yet these drawings are not scientific illustrations, brought to perfection by graphite, but are my visual interpretation of the struggle for survival between man and nature. Within these somber surroundings I am able to compose intimate relationships between the embryonic figure and other plant life forms. Here the elements of form are of a high premium. It is with the circular format that I arouse visual curiosity and with tne graphite medium that I invite contemplation. While depth of field and the illusion of space are other formal considerations in my work, it is through the use of pattern and texture that I invite the viewer to ponder the intricacy of nature and the vulnerability of the embryonic form. Together the drawings form a body of work expressive of my exploration and subsequent interpretation of memories and self-reflections.
Bray, Theodora Merritt, "Memories and Self-Reflections: Intimate Graphite Drawings" (1988). Archived Theses. 176.