On these pages my intention is to address personal concerns about shape. 'Being of Shape' recognizes roots in form building of past centuries but concerns itself with shape development of this century. The intent here is not to define the words form and shape but to describe them in terms of painting. The paper will expand upon and support the paintings. Particularly, the paintings' forward, backward, and sideward progression is marked by considerations other than the history of painting. Perceptions about my nature and mental outlook as they exist in this world excite questions. Words written by those who have realized the same, more, or not as much as I, have renewed, humbled, and tortured. Likewise, the effects of the words spoken to me and exchanged with me have been profound. Influences of the world bombard. So do the fantasies. This paper is like the painting. It all comes at once, over time as expanded space.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Painting, Modern--20th century--Themes, motives; Abstract expressionism; Color-field painting; Form (Aesthetics)
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School of Art (CIAS)
Schultz, Ruth, "Being of Shape: Being -- the ground through which all things are" (1989). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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