Title

The Resonance of Materials in Sculpture as Visual Metaphor

Author

Anh Ngoc Tran

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Date of Award

Spring 2014

Abstract

To understand the meaning of a work of Art requires serious contemplation on the part of the viewer. Through this process the full meaning of the artist's choices and their aesthetic can be uncovered. Visual metaphor is one of the contemplative methods that can be found in the majority of the visual arts. This thesis is an investigation into creating visual metaphors. In sculpture, the power of metaphor is evidenced through the resonance of materials and compositional decisions. The natural qualities of the materials are meant to trigger the consideration of a deeper meaning derived from the interaction between the physical qualities and the psychological associations attached to the juxtaposed materials. The artistic research will involve the creation of a series of stone sculptures for exhibition.

Advisor

Daun Joseph

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities

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