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The Range of Emotion

Bowman, Emily (2018) The Range of Emotion. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Portraiture and the human form have been explored through art for ages. I have chosen to examine this subject matter with watercolor. I am a shy and introverted person but despite that, I am interested in getting to know people and having them know me. I chose to convey very subtle emotion not so much through facial expression but through my color palette and the vantage point of the model. I decided to pursue this interest during my time at Radford University in order to better learn about and understand others. With these goals in mind I moved forward and my work evolved in a slow but sure fashion. I did not altogether dislike my early work but my current work better communicates my search for a simpler interpretation of the human form and portraiture. The most notable difference between my current work and past work is the use of color. When I began at Radford I adhered to using predominantly charcoal on white surfaces. While I liked the dramatic statement of charcoal, it felt as though I was using a very limited amount of resources, and it ultimately caused too much frustration to continue in that direction. I transitioned to working in watercolor and the opportunities created by all the varied colors added a necessary and desirable depth to my pieces. I also came to realize the underrated power of subtlety. I did not like being overly obvious in my portrayal of emotions, so I strove to convey emotion with color instead of relying on facial expressions. By using this methodology and rationale I was able to create a body of work that encapsulated my passion for people and the subtle emotions that we exhibit.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Emily Bowman
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2018 19:24
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2018 19:24
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/431

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