Kruger, Judith M.
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.45-46).
This thesis explores the idea that through a re-contextualization of the ancient processes and traditions of Nihonga, Japanese mineral pigment painting, a contemporary studio practice evolves. By placing the artist in the role of researcher-alchemist, the work becomes less concrete as culturally specific; it is now more universally and cohesively defined as abstract painting. Through a non-hierarchical ongoing five-step process, it is possible to encounter and respond to unfamiliar territory, marked by unknown human presence. This dynamic sustains a communal exchange between collective and individual human experience.
Extensively layered, mixed media artworks serve as objectified metaphors for the concept that we are and everything around us is a material-based collection of connected particles. By examining life from a hyper-focused gaze, obscure, partially defined abstraction replaces discernible objects. The phenomenon of relational depth and personal connectivity is revealed and experienced by looking beyond the veneer of what first meets the eye. This art is charged with signifiers of diverse matter that elicit optical richness and sensual experience.
CHAIR: Schroeder, Todd
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