Art, Art History and Design, School of


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Spring 4-17-2013


A THESIS Presented by the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Fine Arts, Major: Arts, Under the Supervision of Professor Karen Kunc. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Megan E. McLeay


The basis of my work is a consciousness of the presence of the soul and the choices that compose our reality. I use light to illuminate space and manipulate human emotion. The landscapes are mirror images of my mind, dreams both light and dark, of beauty and brutality, the expression of my invisible world. My practice uses destructive drawing actions to produce creation and suggest emotional trials. My images represent this deeper bond when all emotions are felt and experienced together. The figures are not saints, but are meant to generate the idea of divinity within the restraints of the body. My figures still belong to this earth and to each other representing a dualism of the body and soul, landscape and figure. Among them I create a sense of loss, but not in one another or the world but rather of connection, a lack of emotional intelligence or of recognizing the soul. My figures are not conflicted externally but internally, aware of the fragility of the human soul, not the body. Finally my drawings seek eternity where everything continues, moves through space not time, which is an idea we can only experience in fantasy, belief, and art. When the World Went Quiet is a story of the personal truths I carry with me, as fantastic landscapes of the lives carried in our souls.

Advisory: Karen Kunc

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