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.