Title

Toile

Date of Graduation

5-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Kristin Musgnug

Committee Member

Leo G. Mazow

Second Committee Member

Larry Swartwood

Third Committee Member

Sam King

Keywords

Communication and the arts; Art; Fabric; Hybrid; Original artwork; Painting; Toile

Abstract

Toile is a painting series that explores constructions of taste and the semiotics of manufactured fabrics. Through the use of irony, paradox and deconstructions of rhythm, shape, color and form, the paintings are a response to the formal and historical content in the fabric. The idyllic landscape, notions of identity, sexism and liminality are some of the themes considered in the series. The paintings in this exhibition attempt to correct and mediate outdated models of representation through the exploration of painting as a process that is open and malleable.

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