Keywords

rumination, science fiction, watercolor, Blade Runner, concept art, botanical art

Abstract

This thesis examines my work to harness ruminative thinking as a driving force for my art practice. With a combination of drawing and painting in watercolor pencil, I activate and engage with rumination through the act of sublimation as defined in clinical psychology. Repetition of process and hand-rendered detail serve as outward channels for my obsessive cyclical thoughts. Based on my experience living with the physical effects of a hyperactive mind, I depict botanical life symbolically in an effort to communicate impressions of the bodily sensations associated with rumination, such as palpable tension, anxiety, or dread. In my research, I have discovered connections between the art historical concept of the sublime and the clinical topic of rumination. Various definitions of the sublime are woven throughout my own analysis, contextualized against historical and contemporary art with an emphasis on science fiction. As a result of this visual research, I have successfully transformed ongoing experience with rumination into a quantifiable framework for my creative process.

Completion Date

2024

Semester

Spring

Committee Chair

Burrell, Jason

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

School of Visual Arts and Design

Degree Program

Emerging Media, Studio Art and Design

Format

application/pdf

Language

English

Rights

In copyright

Release Date

May 2024

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Campus Location

Orlando (Main) Campus

Accessibility Status

Meets minimum standards for ETDs/HUTs

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