Title page for ETD etd-04272012-093340

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author George, Joshua Harry
URN etd-04272012-093340
Title Inside and Outside
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Celentano, Denyce Committee Chair
Bower, Gerald Committee Member
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
Malveto, John Committee Member
Smith, Edward Committee Member
  • painting
  • sports
  • boxing
Date of Defense 2012-04-26
Availability unrestricted
The boxing paintings and drawings are not about fighting as much as they are about the fighterís existence. Many of the images show the boxer training or in an isolated environment in order to show how methodical their lives become. I see boxers as sacrificial athletes, not only because their health is at risk, but also because they must separate themselves from loved ones during training, as well as abstain from certain foods in order to maintain a certain weight. Every boxer is an underdog, in a sense. They are all at risk of losing something, whether it is their current fight, or their physical ability, which will decline with age. I donít believe that a person can watch a boxing match without considering his own mortality. Each boxer, like every person, has his own limitations. The fighters in the gym are trying to strengthen what is weak, whether itís their body, their skill-set, their strategy, etc. Every person, and fighter, has his own Achilles heel.
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