Title page for ETD etd-04282011-104110

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Knoeringer, Katherine
Author's Email Address knoeringer.katie@gmail.com
URN etd-04282011-104110
Title Mesmerized
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Kelli Scott Committee Chair
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
McClay, Malcolm Committee Member
Parker, Rod Committee Member
Smith, Edward C Committee Member
  • glue and painted paper
  • stranger dome for dreamscapes
  • dichotomies
  • collage culture
Date of Defense 2011-04-25
Availability unrestricted
This body of work is about looking and contemplating. Intense concentration requires solitude, which is why the figures that appear in the work are either literally isolated or seem detached from others around them. Sometimes the events the figures witness are ordinary, but more often their environments have mysterious or whimsical qualities. The whimsy comes from two places; fictional literature and childhood fantasies. Reading connects me to things and ideas outside of myself and allows the work to vacillate between the reality of normal daily observation and the mental escape of daydreaming. I want to make a place where everything is better and to which people can escape. Common iconography Iíve developed includes dogs, kites, homes, trees, blimps, and people I know. This work is asking you to notice and appreciate the details of your landscape; imagined and real.

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