Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
My thesis is constructed of fifty text modules, each containing 100 words exactly. These modules express my technical interests, my personal history, and artists that influenced my writing and paintings. The module form enables me to concentrate my thoughts about how I approach personal studio methods and constrain personal limitations that direct my writing into poetry. The methods employed in the writing also correlate with my paintings. Many of the modules address methods I use in constructing my paintings; arrays of gestural marks of language and sometimes specifics words. I choose to arrange these letterforms in gestural fields of color. The writing and paintings that follow are of equal importance for me in my art practice. Mark making, for me, is both indexical remnant and a means of communication. Whether legible or not, my marks always propose that they can be read and the act of reading is inseparable from the visual surveying of my art.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Burwell, Eric, "Rhetoric: the art of using language effectively" (2016). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 56. https://doi.org/10.7936/K76D5R7C.