Graduate school, Year 3
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition
These are the series of drawings I created for my Master of Fine Arts Show in the spring of 1997. The fall of 1996 to the spring of 1997 was my last year of graduate school. It was an extremely intense period of time and I was exhausted after three years of graduate studies. What little I had left physically, mentally, and emotionally I channelled into producing new artwork for the exhibition. I produced all of the drawings within about a month or two. Characteristic to the series is the large scale format, a spontaneous and intuitive approach, and the figure as the means of expression.
Realistic implications are combined with stylized and graphic areas to add interest to the figures visually and conceptually. The juxtaposition of realism with gestural and flat surface or patterned areas adds to the depth and story of the character which heightens the experience of viewing each piece. Combining different styles is my way of making the characters multi-dimensional and translating the diversities of the human condition visually. This was the last body of artwork I made in graduate school. The media used for this series was oil sticks, graphite, charcoal and collage on paper. The drawings' average size is (H x W) 46 x 54 inches.