Sara Basher


A Lived-In Life documents the creation of my thesis work and accompanying discoveries. The movement of Fauvism and artists Vincent van Gogh, Alice Neel and Henry Darger are named as historical inspirations. Contemporaries named as influential include female figurative painters Jenny Saville, Xenia Hausner, Hung Liu, Elizabeth Peyton and Anna Bjerger.

I reflect on my position within contemporary art culture, placing myself between abstraction and photo realism. I discuss graduate school epiphanies on material, asserting my commitment to sustainable and safe practice. I address the historical use of photographic reference, as well as the role of photography in contemporary culture and how I approach it in my own work.

Significant changes and decisions made in the months leading up to the show are discussed. These include elimination of projects created in New Forms, a change in printmaking technique, and the inclusion of artist books.

The paper will also detail the multitude of artistic techniques learned throughout my time at RIT, specifically those techniques that were used in the creation of my thesis work.

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Student Type


Degree Name

Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CIAS)


Alan Singer

Advisor/Committee Member

Eileen Feeney Bushnell

Advisor/Committee Member

Luvon Sheppard


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at ND237.B374 B37 2013


RIT – Main Campus

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