Date of Award

Spring 5-17-2020

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Todd Arsenault

Language

English

Abstract

I experience the world as an unstable and complicated place, and I strive to convey that instability and complexity in my work. By exploring my subjects from multiple perspectives and manipulating spaces and forms, I undermine my assumptions about the world around me and push myself and the viewer to ask new questions.

My work evolved throughout the senior seminar as I developed new strategies to push my representation of space and form. When we were forced to leave the studio because of COVID-19, my process changed dramatically. As I adjusted to a chaotic living situation and a cluttered environment, I began to sketch my surroundings, forcing myself to carefully observe what I saw and giving myself an opportunity to respond to it. From the sketches, I created paintings that dramatized my sense of disorientation, by distorting the spaces and forms even further. By manipulating the images in unexpected and contradictory ways, I share my sense of discomfort and confusion with the viewer.

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