The purpose of this thesis is to develop a visual language inspired by microscopic organic life forms. I will do this by creating and viewing slides underneath a microscope. From the microscope I will visually record what inspires me from that microscopic world. I will then use those drawings for inspiration and create paintings based on those life forms. Ultimately creating for myself a visual language of forms that I use to communicate artistically. Along with the scientific research of creating and viewing slides on the microscope, I will research abstract expressionists and color field artists like Helen Frankenthaler, Georgia O'Keeffe, the early works of Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. will use this research to determine how I use color and form as part of my visual language and how I express myself through it. In this body of work my first goal was to look at microscopic living things. To do this, I purchased a basic microscope and began to utilize the pre-made slides as well as ones that I made myself of living things. My goal in doing this was to try to make the connection between different living things and the basic building blocks of life. I began noticing that there were some basic organic forms that were consistent among living organisms. These were the forms I began to draw and paint. I had three other goals in doing this body of research. The second goal was to work in acrylic paint. I chose acrylic paint because it is less toxic than other paints and it is a fast drying medium which would allow for easy transport to and from my off campus studio and school. And lastly, acrylic is a medium I hadn't used much and I wanted to see what I could do with it and how far I could push the medium. The third goal I had was to work in a style that was different yet related to what I had done in the past. The fourth goal I had set out to explore was the issue of space in my work and how I should address it.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Acrylic painting--Themes, motives
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Laveck, Sarah, "Masters thesis" (2002). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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