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Observance | A Passage, Charis Schneider Norell May 2018

Observance | A Passage, Charis Schneider Norell

Graduate School of Art Theses

My art practice consists of drawing with fibers within handcrafted frame looms. I position these drawings as expanded, three-dimensional “drawing spaces,” creating medium-scale installations. I wish to expand drawing’s definition beyond its traditional material limits to simply be the process of leaving marks. Fiber is my medium, and the space within the frame loom’s warp and weft becomes my support. I see the drawing process to be the gestural residue of thought, and call these works my “fiber drawings.” While I use traditional weaving methods and materials as I work, I do not call myself a weaver. I ...


Drifting / Mooring: On Home, Travel, And Identity, Nicole Fry May 2016

Drifting / Mooring: On Home, Travel, And Identity, Nicole Fry

Graduate School of Art Theses

Travel acts as a disruptor of routine, encouraging meditation and self-reflection. This activity is especially important in my studio practice because I come from an intensely region- bound family. My personal identity is influenced by my geographical and cultural location. In my studio practice I utilize a combination of writing and visual media to explore these fundamental facets of my life. I use Joseph Campbell’s monomyth structure of narrative storytelling as a baseline for constructing my written narratives. The narratives make heavy use of a feminine voice and examines what it is to be a woman in contemporary America ...


In Pursuit Of Distant Horizons, Whitney Polich May 2014

In Pursuit Of Distant Horizons, Whitney Polich

Graduate School of Art Theses

Our lasting human desire to rationalize the phenomena of nature manifests as ceaseless attempts to fix fluid landscapes within the rigid boundaries of an image. Each landscape with its own physical language, rooted in the temporal and subjective particularities of sense—taste, touch, smell, sound, and sight—requires a lived immersion to be read and as such, eludes static interpretation or expression. The physical horizon provides both a physical and metaphorical reminder of the limits we constantly find ourselves confronted with—those limits of perception, language, and knowledge—as we seek to expresses the immediate experience and profound vastness of ...


Artificial Landscapes: Reflecting Interior Worlds, Vivian Zapata May 2013

Artificial Landscapes: Reflecting Interior Worlds, Vivian Zapata

Graduate School of Art Theses

In this study I examine ideas of nature, human nature, and artificial nature that are relevant to my work. I explain that the natural realm is a physical presence in the world and that it is also a cultural construct. My work is concerned with metaphorical representations of nature and I contextualize my artwork within the work of modern and contemporary artists who create artificial representations of nature that reference landscapes. I relate that I am disturbed by our current culture’s inharmonious relationship with the natural realm and explain how my work opposes our cultural anthropocentrism and the collective ...