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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Smith, Renee' Noel
Author's Email Address studiorat21@yahoo.com
URN etd-05312008-103652
Title Nature vs. Nurture
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Leslie Koptcho Committee Chair
Darius Spieth Committee Member
Gerald Bower Committee Member
Lynne Baggett Committee Member
Michael Crespo Committee Member
Keywords
  • plants
  • nature
  • silkscreen
  • mezzotint
  • drawing
  • surrealism
Date of Defense 2008-04-29
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
My work utilizes the metaphor of the family garden gone wild to represent growing up in

a difficult family environment. The plants struggle in an environment that turns the typical, quiet backyard garden into a chaotic jungle. This body of work illustrates a variety of printmaking techniques such as mezzotint, silkscreen, drawing, and etching. The vibration and saturation of intense colors create imaginary plants that are highly illusionistic. The troubled environment is represented by the nocturnal background.

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