Senior Thesis Proposal
This semester I have experimented with a variety of materials for my collages, trying to find what I like working with and how to create art that was visually appealing. Using different techniques and applications, I have created a body of work with many layers and colors, and finally found what works best. I would like to question and visually represent my personal dreams and subconscious thoughts in a way that my audience will find interesting and aesthetically pleasing. Mixed media via painting and collaging will incorporate elements of my dreams and emotions in a composition full of layers, abstract forms, and color. The layering in my work represents the many layers of my dreams and the psychological meanings behind them. Some elements of dreams are clear as day, while others are foggy and indistinguishable. I will characterize this using Mylar to create depth in my work, pushing some ideas back while emphasizing other parts.
My research this semester has been primarily focused on the technical execution of my work and what materials I like best for conveying my dreams visually. My work has been very process based, where I spend the majority of the time making material that will later be combined into an abstract form. Each piece has been an exploration of how I could push mixed media to make a composition that was aesthetically appealing with a balanced color scheme. It has also been an experiment making abstract art with little to no recognizable shapes or forms. My past artwork and collages have included subject matter that is recognizable, and it has been a challenging undertaking to completely remove that from my work. My abstract collages are more interesting with mysterious shapes and forms, so I will continue to make ambiguous subject matter in my pieces.
I begin by making various marks and colors with different materials, thinking about components of a recent dream. Because my dreams tend to be mainly in blues and pinks, I use those colors in my work often. The overall concept of the dream reflects the way the base layer turn out. I also make abstract forms based on visual features in the dream. I then take all the paintings and drawings I’ve been culminating over a week or so and combine it into one rectangular composition, representing symbols, emotions felt, and strangeness of my dreams.
Conceptually, I have been researching some symbols and psychological meanings of dreams, and try to represent a specific idea in each collage. There are lots of resources and research pertaining to dream symbols and psychology behind them, and it is very interesting. As I research more about dreams, I become more self aware of what my subconscious is trying to tell me. I’ve learned a lot about myself during this art making process and I hope to share this journey of self-awareness in my art.
Using my research this semester and experimenting with collage and a variety of materials, I have come to the conclusion to making collages and painting and build a narrative about interpreting different aspects and hidden meanings behind every dream. My final thesis show will consist of a few mixed media pieces that will be titled according to the dream they represent. It will be up to the viewers to interpret psychology behind my art and find their own meaning and relation to my work. The materials I will use will be India ink, oil paint, acrylic paint, watercolor, and pastels. Those are the most frequently used materials during my experimentation that I found successful, and provide a surreal look that I want to achieve.
I will make mixed media narratives using various lines, organic shapes, and colors to represent aspects of my dreams. Either in a painting or collage, the abstract art will represent visually common dream symbols or ideas without being totally recognizable. I will take a symbol or image from my dreams, research the meaning, and come up with an abstract narrative to best represent the significance of the dream and the implication I discover. I will title each piece after the dream symbol I am depicting so the audience can gather a general conclusion of what the piece is about. During this process, I reflect on my dream and become more self aware of my subconscious thoughts, which is a very revealing experience. Through many layers of mixed media, I invite the viewer to experience my dreams and subconscious in a visual way.