Defense Date

2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Sara Clark

Abstract

Artist Statement

My craft work and paintings reflect my life experiences and personal curiosities, particularly those associated with the natural world. Every day, I am bombarded with a constant flow of visual impressions and ephemeral experiences. There are some that demand attention by virtue of their sheer power, such as the repetition of line in a plowed field, the color of nautical landscape at twilight, or the intelligent behavior of crows. Like a tourist who buys a souvenir to capture a moment, I try to capture instances of profound experiences. I interpret these moments through a process-oriented approach to media.

Fiber, glass, and paint are the vehicles through which I explore the natural world. In these media, I layer materials. The first layer of media establishes a foundation, the next layer affects perceptions of the first, and additional layers add to the visual experience. As each piece reaches completion, the composition is the sum of all parts. Coupled with my understanding of layering as a creative process is my acknowledgment that life’s layered experiences shape me as a person.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

4-9-2015

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