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Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
The art of assemblage is an artistic form that allows for the incorporation of found objects from the immediate environment into the creative process. Spontaneity and improvisation are the result of keen observation which can lead to finding beauty in unexpected places and things. By combining unrelated objects and materials whose original purpose may not have been artistic, a sense of juxtaposition is achieved.
My art is the alchemy of taking discarded objects and transforming them into mixed-media collages and assemblages. These repurposed objects utilize materials discarded decades ago, which may have been used in the construction of St. Louis —bricks, chains, nails, wrought iron, metal tools. In abundance throughout the Northside, these discarded objects are the product of a city where people and objects are treated as disposable.
I use these discarded materials to express my deep personal emotions about the visceral qualities these objects display. In addition to their artistic beauty, these everyday ordinary objects contain the history and tradition of the community they come from. A history and tradition that is worth preserving for future generations.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Young, Ronald, "Lost & Found" (2018). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 97. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7MK6CB0.
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