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Master of Fine Arts


Visual Arts


Sky Glabush


This thesis contains two distinct chapters as well as a section of photographs of my paintings. The first chapter is a comprehensive artist statement that outlines my approach to image making using Heewon Chang’s autoethnographic method. This approach emphasizes cultural analysis and interpretation of the researcher’s behaviours, thoughts, and experiences in relation to others in society. Chapter two is a case study on the artist, John Brown. In addition to being a significant influence on my practice, Brown and I are both deeply concerned with representations of the body in contemporary painting as well as the formal capabilities of paint. The section of paintings provides an overview of my exploration and development of work over the two-year period of the MFA. The goal of this thesis is not to provide an answer to a question, but to foster contemplation on how painting could generate reflection of our shared human condition.

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