Portland State University. Department of Art.
Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
1 online resource (19, 7 p.)
Matthew Haggett, Art
The thesis report will serve as a companion for the body of work that is the bulk of the thesis project. The theme of the thesis project is "the bridge". "The bridge" is a metaphor for meaning occurring through context. It is present on many levels. It will implicit in much of the discussion. I will include themes such as the play of differing scales, the ambiguous line between part and whole, and the reasons for the book format . Specific imagery that occurs repeatedly in the work, like architecture and knots, will be explained in terms of its sources, personal meaning, and formal and conceptual roles. My interests in poetry is also a necessary topic as poetry is both present in the thesis work and implicit in my ideas about art as language. The thesis report will be secondary to the thesis work. It is of primary importance that the work can stand on its own. The ideas discussed in the thesis report must be accessible through the work itself (to a greater or lesser degree). To this effect, the thesis report will not be an attempt to convince, coerce, or cajole the unswayed viewer.
Haggett, Matthew, "Songs and Stories that Only You Know: Multiplicity, Meaning, & the Metaphorical Bridge" (1996). Dissertations and Theses. Paper 5191.