Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Pam Longobardi

Second Advisor

Joe Peragine

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

Ambiguous Criteria consists of paintings, digital prints, and works on paper including abstract compositions and saturated photographs with swaths of colors and text. The content originates in personal memories: childhood recollections, humorous anecdotes, and images of intimately known places. Alongside this is topical subject matter derived from popular culture, scientific information, and conspiracy theories that have been researched and dismantled by myself.

This combination results in a tension that corresponds with the making of the work. Rather than following a linear method when creating I improvise and disrupt the composition through the addition and redaction of material gestures. The resulting works obscure content and remove context. Ambiguous Criteria is an opportunity for these disparate elements to coexist untethered from the restricted plane of reality. Through these abstractions, abstract and tangible concepts can be addressed and dismantled while accepting and embracing a refusal to explicitly define a precise meaning or position.

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