Date of Award

Spring 5-19-2017

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type

Thesis

Abstract

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.

Language

English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Richard Krueger

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Committee Member

Lisa Bulawsky

Committee Member

Jan Tumlir

Committee Member

Monika Weiss

Artist's Statement

www.whitneymeredith.com

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