Meat of the Matter: Two Years of Studying the Human Form in Drawing and Painting
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Meat of the Matter represents an organic journey to master rendering the human form and reveal truths about the human body. Under the assumption that people take their internal bodies for granted, I began by superimposing various figure drawings with views of their internal skeletomuscular systems. Toward the end of the first semester, drawing internal anatomy became a very forced activity, so I retreated into the comfort zone of traditional figure drawing. During the next semester, I changed course to juxtaposing the figure with views of his/her skinless self, thereby exaggerating the difference between the surface and the internal world. However, finding any sort of truths about the body and identity didn’t come about until I began painting meat as a way to distract myself from the main study. While painting meat, I reflected on the state of mind that manifested while immersing oneself in a physical activity, such as painting in my case. Painting itself was the marriage between the physical body and identity that I sought after, as it requires intense coordination between your eyes, hands, and perceptions.
Franklin and Marshall College Archives, Undergraduate Honors Thesis 2012
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