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Studio Metabolism: Mapping the Energy of Marking

  • Author(s): Holzmann, Joshua Henry
  • Advisor(s): Min, Yunhee
  • et al.

I have elected to write this artist statement as a compilation of sections. These sections are rather generic in their approach (i.e. who, what, where). However, I hope my strength as a thinker supports my novice writing ability. There are obvious topics that I have chosen not to talk about or discuss in depth. While the reader may find this frustrating it is partly due to my reductive nature that is also prevalent in my studio practice. I would like to clarify that when I use the term “object,” I am referring to all works in my practice that are two-dimensional and three-dimensional. I prefer the word “object” in relation to my paintings as I see them as physical bodies with multiple sides. Also “practice” refers to studio practice that is fundamentally my studio metabolism. My ultimate hope is that this is entertaining to read and reveals palpable knowledge about my working studio practice. I dedicate this thesis to my courageous wife.

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