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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Kimura-Green, James
URN etd-05262014-121554
Title Memory, Memorial
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Chair
Ariaz, Jeremiah Committee Member
Celentano, Denyce Committee Member
Savage, Matthew Committee Member
Shaw, Andy Committee Member
  • oil
  • oil stick
  • abstract
  • memory
Date of Defense 2014-04-21
Availability unrestricted
My thesis exhibition investigates concepts of memory and memorial. These are fueled by feelings of yearning, longing, and nostalgia. We allow memories to linger. I believe we try to strengthen these memories, encase them and tuck them away deep in our minds. These memories create in our psyche psychological memorials. Like physical memorials, our memories too deteriorate and crumble over time. We fill in the gaps to the point where it is unknown just how true these memories are. At times I think that mine are now idealized and idyllic then they really were. The paintings in my exhibit are physical manifestations of my own psychological memorials. “The geometry of thought echoes the geometry of the room.” With that quote in mind, my works are abstracted from three components found in the traditional Japanese home. The three components are the tokonoma, the shoji screen, and the landscape.
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