Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
The nature of experience is ephemeral, but drawing is a permanent record of change that can serve to concretize it. Drawing is about concentration, memory and failure, and it enables a depth of seeing. In my work, through drawing, collecting, and arranging, I struggle to store time and set an image against the tide of inevitable and constant change. The lens which I take is that of the fragment: the preeminent form, normative and unavoidable, which enables the distillation of personal narrative and memory in a way that speaks to the universal nature of existence. My analysis is built upon the text of Hans-Jost Frey's Interruptions, William Tronzo’s The Fragment: An Incomplete History, and Rebecca Solnit’s essay, written for Once Removed. At the same time that I provide a theoretical and contextual framework for my artwork, I show through the writing and theories of John Berger, James Elkins, and Simon Downs that drawing, as a process, relies upon this concept of fragmentation to offer the meaning that it does.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Meredith, Whitney, "A Catalogue of Thoughts" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 86.