Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
Anthony Craig Drennen
A Survey of No Place is a group of paintings that construct a visual representation of an artificial place – a study of an invented land. A fabricated maquette made of synthetic and geological materials visually references spectacular geological sites and is rendered monumental through painting. In this work, I am interested in the disparity between these rudimentary sculptural references and the final seductive imagery.
By re-examining my early memories of desolate, yet curated, landscapes, these paintings unearth a fictional natural beauty intertwined with feelings of loss and inevitable change. Similar to the way memories function, these works shift between clarity and haze, retelling and reimaging. These hyper-saturated and romanticized oil paintings employ photo blur and crisp Photoshopped edges to evoke a feeling of “unreality.” A Survey of No Place serves as an examination of indeterminate time and place through its engagement with ideas of artificiality in landscape and memory.
Carley, Amelia, "A Survey of No Place." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2018.