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Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Restricted Access Thesis
My works use stylized painting methods to represent the architectures of consumption, a reality flattened both literal and metaphorically. Through mechanical vision, the paintings explore, critique, and contemplate attitudes concerning consumerism and mass production; including the mechanization of the architectures of consumption, and how they reinforce habits. My works also portray the power of information transmission from unrevealed language and the painterly gesture that replaced the alphabet in non-places—a place, not a social or physical space, which lacks the traditional attributes of space.
The writing that follows provides a theoretical framework for the motives behind my practice. Fragmented and variant structures richly colored and textured figures and daily situations characterize my paintings, which are influenced by traditional genre painting and culture. Additionally, I place my work within the tradition of abstract painting, and compare and contrast my work with other artists, both historical and contemporary.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Liu, Xizi, "Indoor Landscape" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 83.
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