In this thesis I will examine the relationship between dolls and human beings through a series of oil paintings and installations that involve the arrangement of canvases and small, three dimensional figures. The dolls that I paint are a metaphor for how humans interact. I also have incorporated language into the paintings. By lining up paintings of the dolls to "say" several short statements, each mouth on a doll's face is formed to represent part of a spoken word. Although the dolls attempt to say something, silence still remains. In the following document my childhood influence, and struggle of transforming from a science major to an artist are discussed as important parts of my background. Two artists are mentioned in relation to my thesis: Jimmy Liao, who remains the biggest influence on my work, and Wang Xiaojin, who has a similar painting style as mine.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Dolls in art; Communication in art
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Li, Qian, "Silence so loud" (2013). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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