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Thesis, Senior




Spring 2018


hatch, illusory, Piranesi, digital revolution, building, drawing, architecture






The hatch is a series of marks on a page laid out systematically. It is a representational technique that has evolved, taken up different values, and has been utilized in different ways over time as technologies and practices changed. Today, the hatch is used symbolically as a way of communicating a drawing and has no direct relationship to the represented subject. However, by looking back at drawing practices, we start to understand the hatch has material consequences and is no longer solely illusory. The act of making a mark allows for the process to be read in the final image and has a tangible depth. This thesis is looking at the constructed matter, including drawings from hundreds of years ago, etchings by Piranesi, and materials from a building and its surrounding landscape, as substrates that support the multiple ways hatches are deployed, can be understood. This thesis projects upon art theorists who have developed ways to categorize imaging techniques such as painting to inform a new system of classification and deployment that broadens our collective understanding of what a hatch is and does.

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Thesis Advisors:

Jonathan Louie

Daniele Profeta


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