Art & Art History ETDs

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Seeing the subtleties of one’s own aging is difficult. The body changes slowly; the maturing process is accepted without surprise. The method by which a person gains understanding of that self-growth is by retrospective reflection not only through memory, but through an assessment of the physical by-products of one’s own life. My art is the direct link to reviewing my growth process. In this paper I will discuss the changes that have taken place in my art, how these changes are always in agreement with my personal changes, and how the two are inseparable so what either change can cause the other.

I have found that any kind of balance can only be achieved when points of extreme unbalance are examined first. My work, both in this written thesis and the paintings and drawings, reveals a growth from an excessive concentration on the physical to a more balanced inclusion of the intellectual, a merging to a singular focus.



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UNM Department of Art and Art History

First Committee Member (Chair)

John Horton Wenger

Second Committee Member

Harry Nadler

Third Committee Member

Howard David Rodee

Fourth Committee Member

Milton Bryan Howard