• Captain's proLOGue : MFA Thesis - Painting and Drawing

      Weaver, Jana K (2014-05)
      By developing a greater awareness of the subtle changes outside and inside of myself, can I come to better understand my interdependence with all humans, flora and fauna? Developing a practice that incorporates these subjects, I hope to establish a greater reverence for how my existence has come and continues to be, as well as a deeper understanding on how my own personal agency functions. In this, I expect to become a more responsible caretaker of myself and all that surrounds me. Ultimately, my goal is to provoke greater curiosity and reverence surrounding the workings of our inner and outer world so that we, and consequently our world, will continue to flourish.
    • Chariots of the anthropocene: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Munford, David (2019-05)
      This series of prints begins a body of work that addresses the subject of climate change, including man's role in accelerating it and exacerbating its effects. I chose the medium of monotype because it is a painterly printmaking process which allows for a spontaneous method of working conducive to a more abstract, freer form of expression. Monotype is a printmaking process in which an image is made from a smooth non-absorbent surface that has been inked. Because the matrix is smooth, or unarticulated, there is no repeatable image being transferred therefore each print is unique. Using a large piece of plexiglass as a matrix, my technique involves printing multiple layers on top of one another. Ideas and associative meanings, signified by color and mark making, are printed in layers superimposed on top of preceding layers. In this way an overall composition is formed by combining individual layers. This is suggestive of multiple natural phenomena interconnecting and combining to form an overall climate. On top of these multiple layer monotypes I add screen printed elements emphasizing other key concepts.
    • Rock paper scissors: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing 

      Strauss, Sharon (2019-05)
      For me, making art is a ritualistic process bound up in observations of the material world. It speaks to my desire to interpret the world around me. How can spaces we consider "ordinary" allow an opportunity for transcendence? Can imagining a space or object from the point of view of a tree or forest animal, ruin/rune, or rock allow for a hidden world to filter through? Can we imagine the rituals that may have taken place in a particular location? I believe that our imaginations can offer an alternative perspective on what our conditioned minds tell us is real. By accepting the notion that magic exists all around, that the ordinary is actually extraordinary, we may connect to something greater than ourselves. I identify this as an illusory goal; a gesture of hope.
    • Sabal palm and stiltgrass: MFA Thesis - Sculpture

      Stowe, John A. (2021-05)
      As we build new communities and heal old ones, we are presented with opportunities to collaborate with existing ecosystems. How can infrastructure be modified to promote resilient ecological communities that support each other and the overall biodiversity of the spaces we inhabit? Billboard Fields, Dumpster Agriculture, and Lap Siding are all examples of ways we can heal the socio-ecological disturbances that generally support humans but interrupt the ecology of the surrounding area. Lap Siding embraces vernacular architecture as a point of entry into both new and historically old material relationships with the land we build our homes on.