Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Painting
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Painting
Includes bibliographical references (p.16).
The focus of this thesis is the analysis of decontextualized figuration as seen in the work of Elizabeth Winnel. Exploration of prompts and propositions created by the imagery calls into question the role and use of the body in the cultural sphere. Further questions and reflections on the historical use of portraiture and figuration are considered with attention paid closely to the history of self-image and self-reflection. The role of ambiguity and literalness as they pertain to the painted image are also discussed. The human mouth and lips are points of focus in the painted works, as such the role iconography and culturally significant associations explored. Formalism as a means of augmenting conceptual devices is considered in terms of abstractions, interruptions, realism and painting format. The artist examines the materiality of paint as a means of augmenting the impact of visual imagery in a series of close-up painted views of the human mouth. Ultimately, the artist’s identity is discussed in terms of feminism, objectification and self-image.
CHAIR: Carson, Denise
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