Etched images of the human form in relation to society and environment

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dc.contributor.advisor Johnson, Sarojini J. en_US Steele, Nancy J. en_US 2011-06-03T19:36:59Z 2011-06-03T19:36:59Z 1995 en_US 1995
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1995 .S74 en_US
dc.description.abstract The vitality of the human figure has been an unending source of curiosity for artists from the beginning to now. Although many artists have focused their creativity to searching for the perfect, in fact, beautiful, human form, others have striven to convey the human experience within the spirit of their own era. The latter is true of this creative project, which has addressed the following problem: hog: could large-scale intaglio printmaking be used to 02arify the negative impact our rigid contemporary notion of beauty can have on individual women? The project was inspired by the work of Kaethe Kollwitz, German artist of the early 20th century whc used her technical drawing skills to translate her knowledge of war and famine shattered women into forceful lithographs and etchings. The insight she Portrayed vividly combined her intensely personal vision the Vicious events of her times: social commentary at its finest.The significance of the project has been, first of all, its benefit to myself, the artist. The journey which I undertook through historical research on Kollwitz; conceptual investigation of women and rigid norms for beauty; and extension of my technical expertise as an etcher-has produced insights about creating art that are invaluable to the mature artist. The second significance involves the viewer, whom I hope reconsiders the images of women displayed in contemporary society.The project’s five large-scale etchings of the female figure portray in a series my ideas about roles women are expected to assume in contemporary American society. These ideas unfolded especially during the creation of the first and second etchings.The report of the project deals extensively with the drawing and etching techniques used for each print; a description of each of the works; the ideas which inspired the content of the works; how these ideas were transformed into visual images; and the technical competencies that I acquired while working through each plate.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Art
dc.format.extent vi, 92 leaves : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Etching. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Expressionism (Art) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women in art. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Art and society. en_US
dc.title Etched images of the human form in relation to society and environment en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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