Title of Oral/Poster Presentation

Indistinct Borders and Intimate Moments

Class

Article

College

Caine College of the Arts

Faculty Mentor

Chris Terry

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

I am an art student at Utah State University. I have developed a body of work that addresses the female form in a private setting. In order to deepen my knowledge of painting, I investigated the visual language of paint when combined with an intimate moment.

I have created a series of paintings that address the female form in an intimate setting. All observations for my paintings originate from my own photographs and sketches. I begin my process by making many conceptual sketches and photographs. Then, I take these studies and develop a series of oil paintings which range in size from 20”x24” to 24”x30” These works are non-traditional portraiture, where the figure stays anonymous. The quality of the paint reinforces this sense of anonymity by complementing the figure with clouded, atmospheric settings and mysterious figures. By using a smudging motion and treating the paint with an expressive quality, I create a desired blurry effect. I specifically research the how to find content through exploration. By creating a soft visual language with paint, I create tension when I combine it with figures caught in intimate moments. They contain a certain kind of nostalgia and sweetness with a little bit of innocent sexuality thrown in the mix. As a female artist in Utah, I feel it is extremely important to create work around something as taboo as empowering female sexuality. As a young girl who went to Sunday School, I learned lessons about chastity and purity. If you were to lose your sexual mpresentationity, you would be considered a ‘chewed up piece of gum’ or a ‘licked cupcake.’ No one would be attracted to a girl who’s had sex before marriage. In response, this body of work creates a visual commentary to such notions.

Location

The South Atrium

Start Date

4-12-2018 1:30 PM

End Date

4-12-2018 2:45 PM

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Indistinct Borders and Intimate Moments

The South Atrium

I am an art student at Utah State University. I have developed a body of work that addresses the female form in a private setting. In order to deepen my knowledge of painting, I investigated the visual language of paint when combined with an intimate moment.

I have created a series of paintings that address the female form in an intimate setting. All observations for my paintings originate from my own photographs and sketches. I begin my process by making many conceptual sketches and photographs. Then, I take these studies and develop a series of oil paintings which range in size from 20”x24” to 24”x30” These works are non-traditional portraiture, where the figure stays anonymous. The quality of the paint reinforces this sense of anonymity by complementing the figure with clouded, atmospheric settings and mysterious figures. By using a smudging motion and treating the paint with an expressive quality, I create a desired blurry effect. I specifically research the how to find content through exploration. By creating a soft visual language with paint, I create tension when I combine it with figures caught in intimate moments. They contain a certain kind of nostalgia and sweetness with a little bit of innocent sexuality thrown in the mix. As a female artist in Utah, I feel it is extremely important to create work around something as taboo as empowering female sexuality. As a young girl who went to Sunday School, I learned lessons about chastity and purity. If you were to lose your sexual mpresentationity, you would be considered a ‘chewed up piece of gum’ or a ‘licked cupcake.’ No one would be attracted to a girl who’s had sex before marriage. In response, this body of work creates a visual commentary to such notions.