In search of the sublime
In this thesis I explore the nature of our perceptions of art and how we attach meaning to the images with which we are surrounded. In assigning myself this daunting task, and in lieu of the many others who have engaged in a similar theme, I can only relate observations of my immediate experiences with, and my personal understanding of, art. Examining my work, I find that paintings including particular imagery and configurations are more successful-perhaps more powerful-than others. I believe the success of these paintings relates to the ability of certain images to convey a sense of a deeper awareness that I refer to as sublime. There is no clear, universal recognition of this awareness, but I perceive five elements that have evolved in my work which relate to my own comprehension of what is sublime. These elements, which I describe in the following text-communication through pattern, an aspiration to beauty, simulation of sensation, an inducement of empathy, and the use of art as a mirror-have become essential components for what I feel is success in my own work. Notions of what makes art successful are difficult to discern (to which centuries of debate testify), and a search for the sublime in art may be taboo, yet I find the subject worthy of investigation.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic;Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences;Art appreciation;Lange, Sarah
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Lange, Sarah, "In search of the sublime" (2003). HIM 1990-2015. 332.