Title

Foreigner

Semester

Spring

Date of Graduation

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

College of Creative Arts

Department

Painting

Committee Chair

Naijun Zhang

Committee Member

Hannah Freeman

Committee Member

Joseph Lupo

Committee Member

Kofi Opoku

Abstract

This written thesis serves as supporting documentation for Foreigner, my MFA Thesis Exhibition. This exhibition reflects my experience as a foreigner, a solitary Chinese man living in the United States. Through embodying my personal experience, my paintings question the relationship between individuals and society.

The exhibition is composed of a series of paintings that visualize my personal story as a foreigner living in an incompatible and unacquainted culture. By displaying imagery of myself and my family in frozen moments, the paintings draw viewers into a discussion about personal identity, life philosophy, and culture collision. The exhibition and this thesis expand on topics concerning creative processes, personal motivations, inspirations, and painting techniques.

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Painting Commons

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