A Portrait of a Place: An Exploration of Southern Identity
Shoshani, Maya Eliya (Maya Eliya Stein)
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Painting
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Painting
Works cited: page 26.
"This body of work is driven by a need to capture the true meaning of a place, to create a well-rounded portrait of a city with all its inner contradictions. In this work Atlanta’s identity is explored through its architecture, materiality and history from the perspective of an outsider. The paintings mark a culmination of a slow process of exploration with different techniques and materials to reflect the complexities of contemporary southern identity in the co-called 'New South.' My process is driven by a faith in a communal space that exists as part of a communal consciousness. This consciousness reveals itself in different vernacular forms like language, architecture and signs, which I incorporate into my work. I aim to communicate with the viewer, in particular the local viewer, by using cultural signifiers that evoke a common space or hint at a familiar setting."
Keywords: meaning of place, portrait of a city, architecture, materiality, history, contemporary southern identity, vernacular, cultural signifiers
CHAIR: Brown, Michael V.
PDF : 26 pages, color illustrations