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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Bell, Ashley Kathleen
URN etd-04292010-141019
Title Longing: Places I Desired And Couldn't Find
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Kelli Scott Committee Chair
Ariaz, Jeremiah Committee Member
Camerlenghi, Nicola Committee Member
Crespo, Michael Committee Member
Mullen, Laura Committee Member
Shaw, Andy Committee Member
  • contemporary painter
  • installation art
  • landscape art
Date of Defense 2010-04-16
Availability unrestricted
Ephemeral. Nostalgic. Absence. Transient. Transformation. Movement. Temporary. Skeleton. Momentary. Fleeting. Landscape. Cityscape. Southern Landscape. Baton Rouge. Louisiana.

I paint the feeling of wearing time and the earth on my skin. The scars on the landscapes tell stories and truths marked by past generations. The imagery in my work is inspired by local places and reveals the wavering condition of the natural landscape and civilizations. Everyday places and repetitive acts make up the components of miracles. As I create, I examine ideas beyond the current condition of a specific location. Through my imagination I bring the unseen into the artworks. The ephemeral landscape is not painted in its true form, it transforms with moving colors, lines, and shapes. It is still identifiable, but is transitioning into the unknown element. This element could be a geological event, or a movement from the physical to the landscape’s inner spirit. This body of work conveys a spiritual longing inspired by the temporary nature of everyday surroundings.

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