In this thesis, I will try to explore and put into perspective how my life experiences have made me the person I am now. The topic of my thesis is "No Words."
I focused on painting human emotions that transcend standard cultural barriers of race, culture and languages. Being a foreigner in a foreign land and surrounded with foreign words I have more often than not, had to rely on reading people's emotions to gather substance of a conversation. Very often feelings of gratitude and happiness were easier to express as well as interpret using facial gestures as opposed to words.
I have attempted to capture and express positive human emotions in a manner that is truly global. The human faces and features that I have portrayed in my oil paintings are snapshots of such emotions.
My thesis project represents my exposure to a truly multicultural environment and how I used reading peoples faces as a source of the meaning and depth behind people's words.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Painting--Themes, motives; Painting--Technique; Emotions in art
Fine Arts Studio (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Art (CIAS)
Nishimura, Maasa, "No Words" (2014). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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