Dartmouth Senior Seminar: 2005

While a student at Dartmouth College, I majored in Studio Art and minored in Art History. During my senior year (2004-2005) as a Studio Art Major, I concentrated on painting but also incorporated aspects of collage, drawing and sculpture into my work. My early pieces explore the interaction among oil paint, paper, wood, gesso, nails, glue, trash and found objects. As the year progressed, I continued to use a variety of materials in my paintings while limiting the subject matter to self-portraits.


Stage 1: Collage- In the winter of 2005 I experimented with collage. I used trash, found objects, photographs, paper, wood and scraps from other paintings to create my pieces. The primary objective of these pieces was an exploration of materials. I wanted to express myself without limitations: I did not narrow my subject matter.



Images, 2005
paper, glue, trash, 5" x 8"




In the Kitchen, 2005, photograph, paper, clips, glue, 8" x 10"




The Key, 2005, found objects, pins, paper, glue, 6" x 6"




Landscape, 2005, oil paint, paper, cardboard, glue, 8.5" x 11"

 


Bodyscape, 2005, oil paint, paper, cardboard, glue, 8.5" x 11"



Moonlovers, 2005, oil paint, paper, glue, wood, 18" x 25" 







Whirlwind, 2005, oil paint, canvas, nails, glue, 25" x 30"



Self Portrait: Chaos, 2005, oil paint, canvas, nails, glue, 25" x 30"



Self Portrait, 2005, paper, nails, wood, paint, 30" x 24"







Dialogue 1, 2005, oil paint, nails, wood, 12" x 28"



Dialogue 2, 2005, oil paint, nails, wood, 12" x 28"


Dialogue 3, 2005, oil paint, nails, wood, 24" x 48"




Arm, 2005, oil paint, paper, cardboard, glue, 8.5" x 11"




Leg, 2005, oil paint on board, 18" x 24"

Stage 2: Erotic Art- Enrico Riley, my Studio Art Senior Seminar professor, assigned us tp make two erotic art pieces. This was a challenging assignment, for despite my knowledge of erotic art, I had never made it on my own! I took a sketchpad into the bathtub while at my friend's house. The following paintings are from these sketches. Not very erotic, I know, but I gave it a shot!


Tubleg, 2005, oil paint on panel, 10" x 18"



Bathtub Read, 2005, oil paint on panel, 8" x 10"



Bathtub Fun, 2005
oil on gessoed paper, apx. 20" x 30"

 Twins, 2005, oil on canvas, each apx. 36" x 12"

Stage 3: Self Portraiture- Towards the spring of my senior year, I felt the need (and the urging of my advisors) to narrow my subject matter. This was easy enough to discern. Although my methods and materials varied, my work was primarily about myself. All I had to do was accept that--yes--I just wanted to paint myself. I was initally resistant because I viewed self-portraiture as a mark of egotism, self-centeredness and vanity. But then I realized that all art about oneself to some degree. So why not embrace it?



Self Portrait Collage, 2005
walnut ink, trash, glue, 9" x 12"




Self Portrait Breasts, 2005
oil paint on canvas, 24" x 36"




Profile, 2005
oil paint, acrylic, paper, masonite board, 24" x 24"




Self Portrait with Red Glasses, 2005
oil paint on wood, 24" x 24"




Self Portrait Winter Light, 2005
oil paint on paper, 18" x 24"



Little Self Portrait Head, 2005
oil paint on wood, apx. 12" x 12"



Wood Self Portrait, 2005
oil paint, nails, wood, 18" x 36"




Self Portrait/Mom, 2005
oil paint on wood, 18" x 24"




Self Portrait Anger, 2005
oil paint on panel, 24" x 60"




Torso, 2005
oil paint, paper, wood, 24" x 36



 
Strong Self Portrait, 2005
oil paint, gesso, wood, nails, glue, 30" x 60"


Stage 4: Drawing- By the end of March 2005 I was pumping out self portraits right and left. It was fun but I felt an internal pressure to be in the studio each day. One hot day I decided to draw myself in my room, using a tube of black acrylic paint, newspaper and some paper that I used for my printer. The result is 'Haircut', a piece that was made out of the pure love of artmaking. The following pieces are self portraits made with walnut ink on paper. This is when I began to have fun in the studio again. Each piece was a challenge to see how far I could go within certain limitations. I loved it.


Haircut, 2005
acrylic paint, newspaper, board, 12" x 26"




Six Faces, 2005
walnut ink, paper, wood, 18" x 18"




(left) Six More, 2005, walnut ink, paper, board, 18" x 18"
(right)
Six Vertical, 2005, walnut ink, paper, board, 8" x 24"



Eighteen Faces, 2005
walnut ink, paper, glue, board, 42" x 18"





Thirty-Two Faces, 2005
walnut ink, paper, wood, oil paint, gesso, 72" x 24"




Drawing, 2005
walnut ink, paper, glue, paper bag, 5" x 10"


Stage 5: Giant Self Portrait- May of 2005. The year was almost over and the Senior Majors Exhibition was close at hand. I had a ton of work but wanted to finish off with something grand, not only for the exhibition but also for myself. One of my favorite teachers, Ying Li, came to Dartmouth as a visiting critic. She and I discussed the possibility of creating a giant self-portrait--what a feat! I had never painted this large before. I am quite satisfied with the end result. At the end of the year I also made works that incorporated elements of drawing, painting and sculpture. I see these as psychological self-portraits. They are not pretty but they are honest.


Studies for Giant Self Portrait, 2005
graphite on paper, 18" x 24"



Two Drawings of Sharon, 2005
graphite on paper, 18" x 24"





Giant Self Portrait, 2005
oil paint, gesso, paper, charcoal, pencil, canvas, 60" x 60"




Anorexia, 2005
oil paint, gesso, wood, nails, glue, 30" x 60"




 African Self Portrait, 2005
oil paint, paper, wood, glue, nails, screws, 42" x 60"



 
Fragmented Self Portrait, 2005
oil paint, paper, wood, glue, nails, screws, 42" x 60"
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