Thesis: Ursula West Minervini

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses 2014.

The following images are from Ursula West Minervini‘s MFA exhibition, GUTA YAWA TATA, at Towson University in Towson, Maryland. Here is a brief statement…

My prints and books explore evolution and transformation, translation and distortion, and random or absurd cause and effect. The work is influenced by literary nonsense, absurdist philosophy, and Surrealist games such as Exquisite Corpse.  Playfully applying rules or systems in combination with free association and chance, I translate sensible images and words into absurdities. Alternately, I begin with source material that is inherently random or nonsensical and find ways to impose order.
 
Nonsense and absurdity offer a means to address the uncertain, unpredictable, and horrific, and to accept the dissonance of contradictory ideas and emotions. I attempt to reconcile good, evil and indifferent circumstances through evocative words and images that trigger webs of association but remain essentially ridiculous.
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One Response to “Thesis: Ursula West Minervini”

  1. Ruth Leaf says:

    I like the diversity of the prints. Ruth