Qian Li


In this thesis I will examine the relationship between dolls and human beings through a series of oil paintings and installations that involve the arrangement of canvases and small, three dimensional figures. The dolls that I paint are a metaphor for how humans interact. I also have incorporated language into the paintings. By lining up paintings of the dolls to "say" several short statements, each mouth on a doll's face is formed to represent part of a spoken word. Although the dolls attempt to say something, silence still remains. In the following document my childhood influence, and struggle of transforming from a science major to an artist are discussed as important parts of my background. Two artists are mentioned in relation to my thesis: Jimmy Liao, who remains the biggest influence on my work, and Wang Xiaojin, who has a similar painting style as mine.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Dolls in art; Communication in art

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School of Art (CIAS)


Sheppard, Luvon

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Heischman, Robert

Advisor/Committee Member

Lightfoot, Thomas


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: ND237.L52 A4 2013


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