This thesis demonstrates my desire to understand the events of change that occur in life through a purposeful investigation into the roles of the artist as maker, and the concepts of liminal spaces. This is accomplished through a series of abstract paintings, which utilize the comparison of positive and negative spaces made through the use of natural processes such as melting and rusting, and the covering of an image with screen. The following artists are mentioned in reference to the development of my work: Andy Goldsworthy, Antony Gormley, and Robert Irwin. The objects that resulted represent a record of the exploration into the moments of change in my personal life.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Painting, Abstract--Themes, motives; Painting, Abstract--Technique; Space (Art)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Ruggles, John, "The Liminalgraphic: Exploration in change" (2010). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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