The focus of this thesis is to examine a multiplicity of ideas in which the presence of contradiction is the unifying component. This "process" of examination has been decidedly "expansive." I am emphasizing process and expansive because these terms could best describe the underlying philosophical attitude driving this body of work; process in relation to both conceptual as well as material considerations. Conceptually, I have given myself the opportunity to examine a broad range of issues, understanding the realization that all levels of worldly stimuli become raw material for an artistic statement. Similarly, in regards to material approaches, selecting the technical processes and materials which appear to be the most appropriate to further articulate the specific issue or idea. Lastly, both of these activities were approached "open endedly," allowing the opportunity to consider and respond to all levels of experience. The body of this paper has been organized into eight narratives, each narrative commenting on the evolution of the individual work it represents. The paper will conclude with a brief observation.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Conceptual art--Themes, motives; Art, Modern--20th century--Themes, motives
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Metzgar, Richard, "Contextual trappings: a strategy of contradiction" (1991). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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