Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
In this thesis I unpack the still life genre and its relation to my painting practice, examining the ways in which banal objects project influence and disrupt the notion of a linear, narrative history. Through the contextual lenses of close observation, propagandistic agendas, and the transgressive history of pattern, I explore the inherent contradiction contained within still life painting; working to balance an empathic respect for objects, as such, with my deeply seated desire to metaphorically interpret and empower visual imagery. I am fascinated by the impossible tasks we ask of weak, inanimate, decorative objects and work to generate still lifes of still lifes that subvert their own historical, moralistic authority; confounding the relationship between kitsch and art, banality and power.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Kalman, Rachel, "The Impossible Tasks" (2019). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 130. https://doi.org/10.7936/we0p-a631.