MFA Thesis Show: Spring 2009

MFA Thesis Show: Below are images from the 2009 MFA Thesis Exhibition at the New York Studio School. The exhibition featured 14 sculptors and painters from around the world and the United States. In the final month leading to the show, the investigations of the past year coalesced into a single body of work. Inspired by the works of Joseph Campbell, Carl G. Jung and Sir James G. Frazer, and the art of ancient Indian, Himalayan and Native American cultures, I embarked on an exploration of the symbolic in art.

The following are collages made with materials found in my studio: paper, wood, canvas, acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor and gouache. Some are combined with needle and thread, others with glue and string. The final pieces (Triangle Piece, Portrait of a Man, Four Corners) are the most sculptural: they begin to incorporate the wooden backing that protrudes from the wall. The Self-Portrait with Bamboo is painted on sewn canvas scraps.

Memama’s Tapestry
20" x 15" watercolor on paper
September 2008



Life’s Cycles
26" x 20.5" watercolor and gouache on paper
March 2009


 Sun Shape
32" x 26" acrylic and gouache on paper
April 2009


For William
10" x 10" oil on canvas
May 2009


 Triangle Piece
11.5" x 10" acrylic on paper
April 2009


 Portrait of a Man
10.5" x 10.5" pastel and acrylic on paper and wood
May 2009



Rose Bouquet
10" x 10" oil on canvas
April 2009



Bamboo out the Window
28" x 21" oil stick on canvas
April 2009


 Drunken Collage
19" x 19" mixed media on canvas
April 2009


 Four Corners
17" x 17" oil on canvas and wood
May 2009


 Rose Mandala
27" x 23" oil and gouache on canvas and paper
April 2009


Pathétique
32" x 18" oil stick on canvas
April 2009



Mandala Study/ Union of Opposites
23" x 23" oil stick on paper
April 2009


Self Portrait with Bamboo
80" x 58" oil stick on canvas
May 2009


Tibetan Wheel of Life (blue)
32" x 24" acrylic on paper
March 2009

The following did not make it into the show although they relate to the other pieces.



Tibetan Wheel of Life (red)
29" x 22" watercolor, gouache and acrylic on paper
March 2009



Tibetan Wheel of Life
54" x 48" mixed media on paper
March 2009




Self Portrait
17" x 16" oil pastel and acrylic on paper
April 2009



Rose Atelier Painting
26" x 24" x 8" oil on sewn canvas
April 2009

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