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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Banerjee, Debangana
Author's Email Address debangana.b@gmail.com
URN etd-05252010-141807
Title Inscapes of Unrequited Belonging
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Chair
Arp, Kimberly P Committee Member
Crespo, Michael Committee Member
Kelley, Kelli Scott Committee Member
Zucker, Mark Committee Member
  • inscape
  • nature
  • woodcut
  • printmaking
Date of Defense 2010-05-04
Availability unrestricted
This thesis is about my journey through life—memories of the past, experiences of the present and premonitions of the future—and how that journey, through its changing landscapes and human characters, generates images that I call inscapes. My subjects arise from very personal experiences and get fermented in my imagination to project an inner vision. I create deep intimate spaces, transitional moments of conscious and unconscious thoughts using both natural and personal imageries. In this endeavor, dark, solid and earthly colors and robust textures play a big role. I employ printmaking (woodcut), painting (oil on canvas) and poetry to express my mental state. Growing up in India, I feel like an outsider in this country; at the same time, being a part of the university community, I also feel like an insider. The landscape of Baton Rouge offers me plenty of similarities with my home town, Santiniketan, but it also provides profound contrasts in culture, language and people. From the very beginning my relationship with this place has been marked with a tension and contradictory emotions—a push of alienation and a pull of deep intimacy. In my inscapes I articulate all these different emotional tensions for the viewers.

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