Drawings and paintings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Eleanor Sue Kody Seagraves (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Walter Barker

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is to produce a body of work—drawings and paintings—based on close observation of carefully chosen and arranged subject matter. Included are still life drawings and paintings of fruit and drawings of people. Types of fruit chosen are pears, plums, eggplants and apples, fruits which seem special and elegant to me. Each piece of fruit is individually selected by such criteria as distinct appearance, fully volumetric form, lush color, and unblemished surface. Models chosen are persons for whom I feel a special attraction for a variety of reasons. He or she might appear elegant, stately, radiant, be sombre or seem depressed, but is always a person with a well shaped head, regular well proportioned features and no flaws which will cause undue attention to some part. The person also has to be cooperative and available for sittings over an extended period of time. Various arrangements for the fruit still lifes have been explored. Each composition is limited to one type of fruit, which I feel will help to set the work apart from traditional still life paintings. My early work includes pairs of fruit arranged symmetrically or asymmetrically on a tablecloth near a wall. This simple composition allows the viewer to perceive the work as a unit and then focus attention on the individual characteristics and appearance of each piece of fruit. Careful attention is paid to space between and around objects. Felt equilibrium is the controlling factor in the placement of objects.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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