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Drawings With River, Greg Piwonka 2018 vcu

Drawings With River, Greg Piwonka

Theses and Dissertations

These paintings are a record of my recent past, a past with a new son, major life shifts, big decisions and risks. These paintings are a record of my distant past, of my relationship with my father and siblings. These paintings are a record of my present, my relationship to art, current, past, good and bad. These paintings are both joyful and cathartic, simple and confusing. They are about my life, and my attempt to not repeat the mistakes of the past, but to try create joys for the future.


Quotations Like The Sharpest Claws, Johanna Robinson 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Quotations Like The Sharpest Claws, Johanna Robinson

Theses and Dissertations

Quotations like the Sharpest Claws describes a multimedia installation composed of paintings and sound that explores the theory of cognitive dissonance, a controversial psychological model that attempts to explain how we deal with inconsistency in incompatible beliefs. Imagination is given primacy as a source for truth-seeking and world-building. The uncanny and surreal are used as entry points into this topic.

The title is derived from a description of Eileen Myles’ poetry I once read in an anonymous review. Their writing was described as beyond poetry in a way that it could only be described as such when surrounded by “quotations ...


Work/Death, Of Each In Their Own, Micah H. Weber 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Work/Death, Of Each In Their Own, Micah H. Weber

Theses and Dissertations

Writings in support of my visual thesis, including some background, and bibliographic information: Oregon/Death/Animation/Vocation and the artist as an agent of potential.


Laminated Paint, Travis R. Austin 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Laminated Paint, Travis R. Austin

Theses and Dissertations

Though we may not perceive it, we are surrounded by material-in-flux. Inert materials degrade and the events that comprise our natural and social environments causally thread into a duration that unifies us in our incomprehension. Sounds reveal ever-present vibrations of the landscape: expressions of the flexuous ground on which we stand.


Untitled, Daliya Jokondo 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Untitled, Daliya Jokondo

Theses and Dissertations

My practice is concerned with the activation of fragmentation, concealment and evasiveness as practical tools for surviving (the danger of visibility when positioned in the margins) while moving or engaging with oppressive power structures. The aforementioned appear in my practice as complete forms of erasure, adornment and costuming, in addition to language play. My thesis’ concern is the desire to speak the autobiographical in relation to generational trauma. Herein lives the voices of three generations of survivors.


Through My Window, Haiyin Liang 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Through My Window, Haiyin Liang

Theses and Dissertations

I convey my thoughts through art jewelry; making jewelry is my language of communication and commemoration. Inspired by historical Chinese art and contemporary jewelry, my practice pays attention to bring classical Chinese aesthetics of hazy poetic and ideal arrangement into the contemporary jewelry field. The attention to detail refers to the quiet contemplation and emotional experiences encouraged by each of my works. Through my research, I use metalsmithing language to communicate with non-precious materials finding my own way of expression and meditation. Meanwhile, I build environments that display jewelry off the body in order to construct a picturesque landscape. The ...


Under The Influence: An Interdisciplinary Approach To Psychedelics, Jody Roun 2018 Rollins College

Under The Influence: An Interdisciplinary Approach To Psychedelics, Jody Roun

Master of Liberal Studies Theses

The following research will outline the effects of psychedelics from an interdisciplinary approach, which is to say that I will explore the neuroscience behind psychedelic drugs and how it relates to creativity, as a primary focus, while examining the role of additional points included along the way. The goal of this research, is to gain a deeper understanding of psychedelics and truly decipher what it means to be under the influence, as the most important goal of this human existence is to achieve understanding. The aforementioned is a point that great minds like Albert Einstein and Humphry Osmond impressed on ...


Enact In Disappearance, Stephanie DeMer 2018 Virginia Commonwealth University

Enact In Disappearance, Stephanie Demer

Theses and Dissertations

Enact in Disappearance excavates the unseen through the medium of photography in order to chart a new strategy for knowing and communing with a complicated world.


Resist: A Controversial Display And Reflections On The Academic Library’S Role In Promoting Discourse And Engagement, Stephanie Beene, Cindy Pierard 2018 University of New Mexico - Main Campus

Resist: A Controversial Display And Reflections On The Academic Library’S Role In Promoting Discourse And Engagement, Stephanie Beene, Cindy Pierard

Urban Library Journal

Libraries engage communities in a variety of ways, including through exhibitions and displays. However, librarians may not always know how to promote critical discourse if controversy arises surrounding exhibits or displays. This article reflects on one academic library’s experience hosting a controversial display during a divisive political time for the library’s parent institution, its broader urban community, and the United States as a whole. The authors contextualize the display, created by a local art collective, against the backdrop of creative activism, and consider implications for library displays and exhibits within similar environments. Rather than retreating from controversy, libraries ...


Dialogic Communication In The One-To-One Improvisation Lesson: A Qualitative Study, Leon R. de Bruin 2018 RMIT University, Australia

Dialogic Communication In The One-To-One Improvisation Lesson: A Qualitative Study, Leon R. De Bruin

Australian Journal of Teacher Education

This qualitative study investigates the dialogic interactions between teacher and student that enhance learning and teaching within the one-to-one music improvisation lesson. This study analyses the ways teachers elicit student actions, thoughts and processes that develop student skills, critical and creative thinking processes necessary for improvisational development. Interactions and interplay between six Australian conservatoire improvisation students and their teachers were investigated. Data reveal dialogic interactions that span instruction, conversation, inquiry and enablement of student knowledge and skills that constitute a complex socio-cultural tapestry of discursive threads. Teacher-student interactions that activate desired creative student activity engage meta-cognitive processes and the cultivation ...


The Classical Versus The Grotesque Body In Edith Wharton's Fiction, Joshua T. Temples 2018 Georgia Southern University

The Classical Versus The Grotesque Body In Edith Wharton's Fiction, Joshua T. Temples

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

In her landmark works The House of Mirth (1905), The Custom of the Country (1913), and The Age of Innocence (1920), Edith Wharton responds to earlier depictions of the classical, pure Victorian and Edwardian woman. Wharton's "inconvenient" women overturn popular stereotypes. Subsequently, they are barred from their social groups, but they are independent, unlike the complicit and obedient women of the classical body, most of whom ascribe to the trope of the "Angel in the House." The grotesque seeks to undercut the unrealistic expectations enforced by the classical through its embodiment of progression and humanity, and Wharton is drawn ...


Resilience, Glenda Militano 2018 Georgia Southern University

Resilience, Glenda Militano

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

ABSTRACT

My objective for creating this body of work is to explore the complexity and beauty of the human brain. What inspired these works is my research on cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Cognitive psychology involves the study of internal mental processes, while neuroscience deals with nerves and nervous tissue that relate to behavior and learning. Neuroscience is where psychology meets biology. The series of paintings in Resilience, were created with the intent to connect these two fields of study, while charting my exploration and discoveries found linked with science and psychology. The brain and its components are portrayed in an ...


Considering Perspectives, Cynthia Epps 2018 Georgia Southern University

Considering Perspectives, Cynthia Epps

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

This body of work, Considering Perspectives, explores the ideas of perspective, not only in terms of spatial perspective in art, but also regarding how our vantage point and presumptions affect how we feel about certain subjects. The subjects of my work are spaces or objects often overlooked or considered mundane. When we approach a work of art, we typically do so with a multitude of presuppositions that influence our response. Often, we are not even aware of this. By splicing together multiple perspectives I use my work to create awareness that there may be more than one way not only ...


Irrational Aggregates, Courtney N. Ryan 2018 Georgia Southern University

Irrational Aggregates, Courtney N. Ryan

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

This thesis paper examines the work included in my Master of Fine Arts thesis exhibition entitled Irrational Aggregates. The goal of this work is to facilitate a dialogue between our natural environment and the excessive consumer-based environments in which we live. Combining a variety of ceramic techniques including hand building, wheel throwing, and casting these sculptures appear to be grown from, and even taken over by nature itself.

Often drawing inspiration from my personal narrative, that of consistent upheaval, relocation, and adjustment to new places, my work can appear both grounded and in a state of motion. I believe that ...


In Search Of Communication, Usman O. OLADEINDE 2018 Georgia Southern University

In Search Of Communication, Usman O. Oladeinde

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

This thesis examines the work included in Usman Oladeinde’s MFA thesis exhibition. The goal of this thesis paper is to explore major themes such as communication, identity, change, centeredness, landscapes, and language. These paintings present Arabic letter forms transformed into illegible shapes which are painted on landscape backgrounds, often depicting an aesthetic of textual elements receding into space. All these works are inspired by the Qibla, which is represented in the abstract and painted using acrylic media. Occasionally image transfers are mounted on the painted surface.

Visual representations like mine are communicative without forcing the viewer to one specific ...


Creating An Alien Visual Communication System, Josh Brdicko 2018 University of Iowa

Creating An Alien Visual Communication System, Josh Brdicko

University of Iowa Honors Theses

In most major successful science fiction movie and video game franchises, there is commonly a form of a foreign visual communication system that either consciously or subconsciously aids in the viewer's experience. I have found that these “alien languages” enhance the authenticity of the world of a film or game by providing it with a sense of reality and depth. When designed with a purpose and implemented with intent, these languages can spawn excitement and enthusiasm about the franchise that could not be achieved by any other means. For this research project, I set out to develop my own ...


Creating An Alien Visual Communication System, Josh Brdicko 2018 University of Iowa

Creating An Alien Visual Communication System, Josh Brdicko

University of Iowa Honors Theses

In most major successful science fiction movie and video game franchises, there is commonly a form of a foreign visual communication system that either consciously or subconsciously aids in the viewer's experience. I have found that these “alien languages” enhance the authenticity of the world of a film or game by providing it with a sense of reality and depth. When designed with a purpose and implemented with intent, these languages can spawn excitement and enthusiasm about the franchise that could not be achieved by any other means. For this research project, I set out to develop my own ...


Ordinary Disorder, Jonathan S. Tracy 2017 CUNY Hunter College

Ordinary Disorder, Jonathan S. Tracy

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

The pictorial spaces in my paintings are found through many drawings, based on memories. In these drawings I use the architectural technique of paraline drawing, in pointed contrast to one or two point perspective. With a fixed point of view unavailable, the viewer or reader becomes the writer too. This is what I intend. The paraline method also engages specific corners of art history to which I relate, including woodblock prints of Japanese interiors, Chinese brush painting landscapes with houses, and the shifting, rotating perspectives found in Baroque painting. My intensely personal memories/drawings are transfused into highly material finished ...


Fraktured Homeland, Jennifer Shenk 2017 University of Colorado, Boulder

Fraktured Homeland, Jennifer Shenk

Art Practices MFA Theses

My installation, titled Fraktured Homeland, is a tribute to the fraktur. By translating it into a different material and releasing it from the confines of the two dimensional page, I seek to breathe new life into the space of the fraktur, moving the tradition forward.


You Are Not Here, Peter Cullum 2017 University of Colorado, Boulder

You Are Not Here, Peter Cullum

Art Practices MFA Theses

These paintings embody the shadowy memories of my time within nature. I have turned the front of each painting to face the wall, allowing only a fleeting glimpse of an unobtainable image to be experienced through the reverse. The landscapes recorded on the painterly and drawn surfaces exist now only as an elusive glimpse, appearing, disappearing, and shifting at different viewing angles.

These works stand as a monument to humility. They are mementos of my fluctuating and imperfect memory, charged with the desire for an original experience that I can never again possess. This is presented, not merely to frustrate ...


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