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Degree Name

Master of Interdisciplinary Studies


Interdisciplinary Studies

First Advisor

Joseph H. Seipel


Society and popular culture present their ideas of perfection through the media. I wish to reinvent these standards in my art, to show the beauty of the ordinary and the grace of the flawed. Beauty, by definition, is that which gives intense aesthetic pleasure. I think that aesthetic pleasure can be found in the commonplace and I use aspects of cropping, perspective, and scale to show these everyday items as extraordinary. I want people to realize the loveliness of a street lamp, the sensuality of a smile, or the poetry of an elbow. This is the underlying theme that runs through all of my work. The evolution of the methods used to create this beauty is also important. Cropping images and adding textures to my supports has shaped my approach to realism. It has been quite a journey.


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Date of Submission

June 2008