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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Akkerman, Robin
Author's Email Address robinakkerman25@gmail.com
URN etd-05032010-110259
Title Believing is Seeing
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Crespo, Michael Committee Chair
Bower, Gerald Committee Member
Celetano, Denyce Committee Member
Kelley, Kelli Committee Member
Malveto, John Committee Member
  • themes
  • fantasy
  • art
Date of Defense 2010-04-19
Availability unrestricted
Fantasy art is often described as being connected to the imagination. My work defines fantasy themes in combination with modern culture and real life experiences. During the creative process I have overcome a struggle with composition development and color relationships. Paintings mimic a puzzle strategy. I come up with a basic idea by inserting and taking away imagery in order for the whole image to be cohesive. Subject matter includes women of different cultures in dress, animals, pattern, sweets, and childhood experiences from the 80s. My characters are a personification of myself as I often dream of being dressed up in a distant place. All paintings are large, stretching from floor to ceiling. Color concept was based on the theme initially written before the drawing was started. I work in layers, first with a written idea, then proceeding with a drawing and several layers of painting. All 3-D forms are based off the paintings that include cut paper, T-shirt wrapped pillows, collections of fantasy figures and toys from the 80s that Ive been collecting since I was a child.
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