Date of Award

Spring 5-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Second Advisor

Anthony Craig Drennen

Third Advisor

Joseph Peragine

Abstract

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.

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