For the studio section of my MFA in painting thesis, I have produced a series of paintings on canvas concerned with non-objective impasto/textured color fields, some include representation in line, abstract overlays/underlays, while some involve division of the canvas into abutting characteristic approaches. The mediums used include water based & oil based paints, textural compounds (gel medium, joint compound, mastic, talc), pencil, and occasionally found objects. In this paper, I shall analyze and discuss impressions, concepts, and meditations relevant to my thesis work in particular and to the issue of reconciliation between formalist and post-modern approaches to theory/criticism in general as I relate it to the defense of my approach to artistic expression. In addition, I will survey my work in other media to find relationships supporting the concepts of my thesis paintings.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Painting--Psychological aspects

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School of Art (CIAS)


Miller, Edward

Advisor/Committee Member

Williams, Lawrence

Advisor/Committee Member

Morgan, Robert


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