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Disposable Pleasures: Observing the Banality of Vice

Novak, Sonja Disposable Pleasures: Observing the Banality of Vice. 2012. Radford University,

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If seen in the street, the subject matter of my paintings would most likely be passed by without a second thought. Passers-by might shake their heads at senseless littering, or a Good Samaritan might go so far as to relocate the bit of detritus to its proper resting place in a trashcan. I paint the scattered refuse of our society, the discarded pleasures of our daily lives. Vices are my main focus. Objects that are coveted and consumed, often with a pang of guilt, only to ultimately be discarded. Cigarettes, beer, junk food. Things that have the ability to cause harm yet are still indulged in anyways. I am instead questioning how value is determined, and showing that even unassuming pieces of trash have potential merit. I work in both oil and watercolor, executing multiple paintings of the same object in similar compositions. The different mediums complement each other. Using a variety of mediums helps me to more fully capture my subject. Each painting, each medium, allows me to capture a different facet of the object, and combine together to form a cohesive image of my subject as a whole. Ultimately, I hope to help myself and others appreciate the value of the world around us a little more, down to the minutest detail. My subjects are used up and discarded once their purpose is fulfilled, no longer important. The once highly coveted is demoted into something worthless, just a piece of trash. Sonja M. Novak, M.F.A. Department of Art, 2012 Radford University

Item Type: Thesis
Subjects: N Fine Arts > ND Painting
Divisions: Radford University > College of Visual and Performing Arts > Department of Art
Date Deposited: 21 May 2013 18:44
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 18:23
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/75

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