Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art, Canvas, Digital, Gauguin
Arts and Humanities
In my digital painting, Mount Culling, 2019, a mound of objects sits on a pile of white rocks that protrudes from a watery plane. The surface of the plane stretches back to the horizon. The head of a bull in the center, a broken-down van with its rear end ripped off sits as if crashed on the rocks. A man’s head, eyes closed in restful repose is large and sculpture like, making the other objects seem like toys. The head is an industrial hue of orange-yellow on the edge of the rocks half sunk into a black and oil slick, reflective plane. I respond to generational gaps of material use within our environment and how their material ideologies, based on historical context, globalization and business ethics, reveal a nihilistic response to our current environmental crisis. I gather landscapes from around the world sorted in folders separated by its ground type. Grass fields, dirt roads, forest floors, rocky surfaces, etc. are sorted and collected for use. I choose figures to be used, scanned men and women who serve my purpose, my manipulative needs. I sort through rare artifacts, laser scanned with hi-resolution textures by international museum study interns and uploaded for educational purposes. I find models of broken down cars, cheeseburgers, lamps, bullheads, forks, spoons, etc. The possibilities are endless. My goal is to build 3D asset collages built in an x-y-z grid, scaled, subdivided, extruded and adjusted for visual acuity.
Farrell, Stephen James, "Yours Truly: And Other Ways of Saying I'm Still Here Under The Rubble Of This Exploded Building" (2020). Theses - ALL. 433.