Title page for ETD etd-05212014-204423

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Contreras, David V
Author's Email Address davvcontreras@gmail.com
URN etd-05212014-204423
Title Urban Monuments
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelley, Scott Kelli Committee Chair
Andresen, Scott Committee Member
Cellucci, Vincent Committee Member
Hentz, Chris Committee Member
McClay, Malcom Committee Member
  • drawing
  • painting
  • urban monuments
Date of Defense 2014-04-08
Availability unrestricted
Surviving in poverty in an urban environment is hard work. Fear of not having basic needs creates desperation, and not being able to improve upon these conditions can test ones patience and faith in others. The simple routine of daily life can be monumental. Small achievements can be huge moments for some and irrelevant to others. One learns to appreciate and hate what one has. Urban Monuments comes from a struggle to understand what painting is to me and the relationship it has with this idea. Working hard to better ones self or ones situation is a noble cause but it is by no means a guarantee. These urban monuments commemorate the struggle to survive in an unforgiving environment.
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