First Advisor

Susan Harlan

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)






Matthew Haggett, Art



Physical Description

1 online resource (19, 7 p.)


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.


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