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dc.contributor.advisorKoenig, Richard
dc.contributor.authorNichols, Thea Liberty
dc.description30 p.en_US
dc.description.abstract“This body of work represents an ongoing composite of dichotomies made visual. Each piece was designed with the idea of representing the inherent tension between the visible and the invisible, the interior and the exterior, the discrete and the drastic, and what was broken and now fixed. These eleven slides are taken from my thesis show entitled Theart/ thea rt/1 heart. They feature work that is opaque and painterly, choices I made with the intention of exposing the process behind each piece. The combination of drawing with conte crayon, and painting with loose, medium saturated oil paint on the luan ground allows the wood grain to remain visible, and the tonality of the palette enhances the natural value of the wood. The exposure of the works formal qualities hopefully begin dismantling the rift between artist, art object, and viewer, leading to a more comfortable interaction with the pieces. Through this interaction, the initially whimsical, game-room/ carnival atmosphere of the work gives way to an understanding of the significance at the heart of the work. By playing the "games," the viewer is implicated in the process of hurting and healing as darts are hurled, puppets are manipulated, and the loud smack of an impossible ball toss forms a frustrating metaphor of closure. Ideally, the pieces from my thesis show address the universal archetypes of absence versus presence, remembrance versus forgetting, and internalization versus release, while grounding the work in my personal experience with open-heart surgery. The creation of this body of work felt like part "of the recovery process itself. By re evaluating and re-interpreting the reality of the procedure I became empowered, and able to control and understand both the gravity and good fortune of my situation. Amazement, as well as animosity and amusement, are blended and there borders blur, but the essence of the artwork is revealed by the viewer's interaction with it, and ultimately, the artist.”en_US
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dc.titleThe art/Thea rt/T hearten_US
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