Year of Award

2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department or School/College

School of Art

Committee Chair

Kevin Bell

Commitee Members

MaryAnn Bonjorni, Matt Hamon, Betsy Bach

Keywords

catharsis, intuitive, abstraction, color, line

Publisher

University of Montana

Abstract

Aporia refers to a problem without an identifiable solution. The application of the term aporia to social behavior is essentially the subject of this exhibition; specifically, these paintings react to my personal experience of maintaining outward positivity that frequently disguises less desirable personality traits. The series presents the residue of my own internal frustrations, which are physically recorded through my painting practice. In the process of painting, I am engaged in an act of psychological purging, leaving behind the character and emotional vibrations of experiences that occur on a regular basis. For me, painting is catharsis. The physical act itself is as important as the visual record of the event.

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