Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

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



This thesis explores abstract painting from the perspective of a material based production, drawing parallels from poetry to augment its position. Building upon existing material-driven painting traditions such as Abstract Expressionism, and examining their physiological affects from a scientific perspective, it aims to substantiate a more corporeal approach to understanding and interacting with painting.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

Jamie Adams

Committee Member

Jamie Adams

Committee Member

Cheryl Wassenaar

Committee Member

Jessica Baran

Artist's Statement

I improvise my way through the indeterminate realm of abstract painting by sewing together various sections of pre-painted canvas, often painting on them again in order to arrive at an unforeseeable and foreign image.

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