A notion of human space

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Teresa Ann Elliott (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Gilbert Carpenter

Abstract: The figure rests in a contrived situation—the intention being to emphasize relational elements between the model and the environment. The body of the figure either occupies much of the space of the picture plane or is cropped within the composition to prevent any tendency to view it as an isolated entity passively occupying a certain space. My notion of human space results from the exploration of intimate personal environments in which I observe the figure as an active part of the composition. With this intention certain relationships occur. First, in the presence of the figure, architectural structures or any inorganic elements assume vital properties as they form a dynamic pattern of movement and tension interacting with the figure itself and are animated by association. Conversely, as the architectural elements are affected by the figure, they then allow the figure to assume monumental aspects as a living structure. Second, the introduction of arbitrary color areas move these interactions to assume a new sensuality apart from, but arising out of visual contact with the figure in space. It is important to mention here the necessity to control associations with the figure regarding specific identity, personality, and mood, for these things divert attention to an implied action on the part of the figure rather than a plastic intention. In fixing elements from my observations into paint on canvas, my perceptions are intercepted on the two-dimensional frontier and a chaos results--an escape from natural laws into a psychic state that precedes "known" identities.

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Language: English
Date: 1975

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