A study of life : the nude and the self-portrait

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

Abstract: The purpose of this thesis is twofold, the major portion being an in-depth visual analysis of the nude, and the second area concentrating on the portrait, primarily the self-portrait. My approach to the nude is one in which the concern is not the feminine but rather the female, a physical rather than an emotional level, where I do not assume form but rather attempt to rediscover it. This does not negate a feeling, however, of the spirit of the nude nor does it suppress the freedom or form or interpretation. The scale is kept small and intimate. To further such an ideal while dealing with the real, a move away from the conventional realm of drawing the nude is attempted through the use of a series of dots. Such dots create a surface appearance of randomness on the paper and yet result in overall structure and tranquility. The dots relate by mapping out the form and at the same time defining it by reaching the outline of a shape and moving to relate to other assemblages of dots in defining adjoining areas. The system becomes a series of points in space which merge, where a concentration of dots becomes shade and the sparsity of them, light.

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Language: English
Date: 1976

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