Date of Award

Spring 5-3-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Richmond

Second Advisor

Dr. Maria Gindhart

Third Advisor

Dr. Audrey Goodman


This essay is a study of Agnes Martin (1912-2004), a Canadian-born and American-based contemporary artist, and her earlier painting practice including, but not limited, to her work Falling Blue of 1963. The exploration of this piece and others frames Martin’s early work as a process of material exploration analogous to weaving and fiber art. This framing is enhanced by the friendship and professional exchange between Martin and artist Lenore Tawney (1907-2007). The textile lens, as explored in this paper, has been undeveloped compared to other approaches to Martin’s early work and practice.