Paul Bartow


My time spent here at RIT has taken me many places within the understanding of art. I can honestly say the time was well worth it. I can't help but realize that an education is a wonderful thing and that having to pay for it is excluding many who could use it. I had no expectations coming to graduate school, which might have been a good thing. My main concern was to prepare myself for a life without school, where I could guide myself on my own thoughts and feel secure doing so. The work I've done here has gone from one end of the spectrum to the other, and yet I still find an incompletion; not in the sense of my understanding on art, which seems to have leveled out, but in the realm of possibilities. There were many times in the past two years, when I searched for consistencies in the progression of my art, and found none. And other times when I was searching for inconsistencies, I could only find the consistent. What I've come to realize through all of this, is that one cannot expect anything other than the act of making art. This will be a given, everything else is the unknown. The real challenge is not making the art, because that comes easy, but rather the discovery of ideas that seem to tell a little more about the truth of things, even when the truth might be a lie. The writing that follows is a brief history of my development in imagery and artistic concerns while at RIT. I have made an attempt to give the viewer a summary of what transpired as I know it. My aim was not to prove a new found art or to reaffirm a certain way of thinking. It was only to record an event that happened, so that someone might read it and possibly find some sort of correlation between my way of thinking and theirs.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Installations (Art)--Technique; Art--Psychology; Artists--Psychology

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Document Type


Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Miller, Ed

Advisor/Committee Member

Williams, Lawrence

Advisor/Committee Member

Bornarth, Lawrence


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: N6494.I56B37 1991


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