Event Title

Watching Paint Dry

Location

CSU 203

Start Date

9-4-2012 10:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2012 11:00 AM

Student's Major

Art

Student's College

Arts and Humanities

Mentor's Name

Brian Frink

Mentor's Department

Art

Mentor's College

Arts and Humanities

Description

How can paint be used as more than just a material but as a subject in itself? In my work paint is more than just a material, it is a surface. By pouring paint onto plastic I create more of a sculptural work than if I were applying it with a brush. Changing the way I apply it alters the way the viewer responds to the painting. I want to challenge the viewer. By challenging the viewer, I create a more engaging relationship with the piece, the viewer and the audience. It is critical to me to stretch the idea of painting to its limits. I want the paint to consume, and hold the work together. By pouring paint I give up control and let the paint move and mix on its own. I allow myself to paint a single moment that will exist in time forever. After taking the paint off the plastic I arrange the work onto the plastic into a shape of my choosing. It opens up very different ideas of what the definition of painting should be, and even the definition of beauty. It gives me the opportunity to break down barriers and explore my own definition of painting.

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Apr 9th, 10:00 AM Apr 9th, 11:00 AM

Watching Paint Dry

CSU 203

How can paint be used as more than just a material but as a subject in itself? In my work paint is more than just a material, it is a surface. By pouring paint onto plastic I create more of a sculptural work than if I were applying it with a brush. Changing the way I apply it alters the way the viewer responds to the painting. I want to challenge the viewer. By challenging the viewer, I create a more engaging relationship with the piece, the viewer and the audience. It is critical to me to stretch the idea of painting to its limits. I want the paint to consume, and hold the work together. By pouring paint I give up control and let the paint move and mix on its own. I allow myself to paint a single moment that will exist in time forever. After taking the paint off the plastic I arrange the work onto the plastic into a shape of my choosing. It opens up very different ideas of what the definition of painting should be, and even the definition of beauty. It gives me the opportunity to break down barriers and explore my own definition of painting.

Recommended Citation

Allen, Samantha. "Watching Paint Dry." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 9, 2012.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2012/oral-session-03/2