Art & Art History ETDs


Judi Church

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The society in which one lives conditions the creativity of the individual. To quote Herbert Read, alienation, "is the progressive divorce of human faculties from natural process.” A society in which alienation is pervasive will spawn types of artistic activity related to that phenomenon. The desire to create is a positive means of transcending the alienation of contemporary life. In attempting through art to unite self and world I have looked to the works and lives of other artists. These include Jasper Johns, Antonio Tapiès, Mark Rothko, Robert Motherwell, and Richard Diebenkorn. The evolution of my work over the past four years is analyzed in the light of my feelings concerning alienation and creativity and with respect to the above mentioned artists. Central to the paintings and lithographs presented in partial fulfillment of the Masters Degree is the idea of light. The dialectics of light and darkness, structure and chaos are manifest in the work as equivalents for the transcendence of alienation through the creativity of the artist.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

Clinton Adams

Second Committee Member

John Horton Wenger

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Fourth Committee Member

Garo Zareh Antreasian