The thesis presents my personal and external interpretations of people who have been directly or indirectly involved with the immigration process. First, each migration consists of unique elements based on the culture and circumstances of the immigrant. Personal experiences are important to the development of this theme. Individual perceptions of the sea as a migratory vehicle are used to interpret these unique elements. Second, the theme is developed from a humanistic viewpoint. Finally, theories such as the search for Utopia and historical events like the Cuban mass migration to the US are utilized to help understand the immigration process. These paintings were created to expose the viewer to this social issue, which continues to affect our society, as seen from my spiritual and humanistic perspective. My Technique pursues expressiveness through light, figurative forms, and color. Inspirations are expressed through integrating my use of the vocabulary of color with the representation of different immigrant experiences. The canvas measurements expand the vision of the theme, which is complemented by color iconography, and the specific sensitivity of each painting. These techniques help me explore and interpret a major socio-political issue of our society, immigration.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Emigration and immigration in artPainting--Themes, motives; Art and society

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Miller, Edward

Advisor/Committee Member

Heischman, Bob


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