Date of Award

2-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art

First Advisor

Thomas Weaver

Second Advisor

Alexandro Segade

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer

Abstract

A painter retraces the steps he took in making one of his paintings from beginning to end. Rather than explicitly ascribing a series of concerns or goals to his studio practice in general, he recounts the material choices he made over an 8 month period of making a specific painting of an interior landscape. The essay begins with a consideration of the written word and its potential shortcomings in describing the creative process. Warned of writing’s pitfalls, the reader proceeds onto a meandering path of written introspection as the painter reflects on his art-historical references, his sources of imagery, his use of materials and how they may relate to other disciplines and forms of media. This path takes the reader past views of Trecento Italy, Dutch baroque interiors, Rococo Pastorals, German romantic landscapes and mid-century American suburbia, through sites of plein-air drawing and collaboration. The essay ultimately leads to a revelatory meditation on the perils of a romantic longing for an idealized past.

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