Masako Nitz


My goal in creating this body of work is to investigate narrative painting using images which are personally relevant. I have labeled my paintings as representations of personal allegories derived from memories and dreams, and in doing so I am referring to the transference of memory, and its inherently subjective and ambiguous visual images, into a concrete visual form. I also attach symbolic importance to the memories I have chosen to paint, not because the events they describe are hallmarks of my life, but rather for their random nature. These images all describe moments when I have consciously thought "I should remember this." I avoided choosing memories for which I have photographic references because I wanted to fully embrace the process of working from memory. My interest lies not in replication, but rather in the process of constructing a narrative setting which captures a brief moment in time. The joy of working from memory is the ability to select, distort and edit at will within the transition from three to two dimensions. To acknowledge the subjectivity of this process I like to refer to my paintings as visual constructions. Acknowledging the subjective nature of memory and of composition, I feel free to approach representation, color, perspective and composition in a non-traditional manner.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Psychological aspects; Art--Psychology

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Bornarth, Philip

Advisor/Committee Member

Miller, Edward


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: ND1145 .N589 1997


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