Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
The two divergent paths of fine arts and psychological research come together to demonstrate how physical gesture and facial expression communicates significant meaning regarding human emotion and intention. The conceptual framework of these paintings arises from the artist’s engagement with peer-reviewed psychological studies on Affective Science. The paintings balance qualities of both emotional and intellectual thinking, with the goal of calling them forth in equal strength during the viewing experience. The symbolic and representational language of gesture is examined through the painting titled Precarious Extension. Dynamics of compassion and affect theory are analyzed through the painting Transmission of Affect.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Panella, Laurel, "Gesture as Revelation" (2015). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 44. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7C24TN9.