An interpretative essay concerning twelve paintings

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Raiford Miller Porter (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Gregory Ivy

Abstract: The purpose of this essay is to interpret the author's thesis paintings which, exist as a manifestation of his reality from reality. The objective has been to carry each observer into his own soul in order to conjure a realm of existence in which one may stretch each sense to its point of transcendence. Here, where the absence of reason is the fuel for flight, the only means of mental conveyance to the sublime, human knowledge and experience cease; and one is able to realize his God-reflected self and grasp a bit of the infinite. There is a mood which captivates and frees the human mind from the directness of reality—and seems as important. Given complete freedom, it is capable of becoming reality; controlled, it refreshes and relaxes. This mood is fantasy—the fantasy found in a Perrault fairy tale, where no moral is sought or lesson prescribed. It is the recognition of a naive freshness embodied in the imagination of a child, apparently free from the sophisticated conflicts within adults.

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Language: English
Date: 1952

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