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Master of Arts (MA)
A few years ago, I experienced how to look at something for what it is and what it isn't. By gaining this insight, realities take on a different meaning. No longer is one confused by stereotypes, labels and superficial meanings. One can see the various individual parts, how each part works, and the ideas conveyed by their unique combinations. My work is a collection of forms put together to state my central point of departure, man's true environment. When looking at an object or a situation one must be aware of what the subject is and what it isn't. For example, what a rock "isn't", is a rock. What a rock "is", is a collection of lines, form, color and texture. What I mean is one must look beyond the surficial aspects of subject and thought in order to see the different capabilities of a train of thinking. To understand a thought, it must be understood from all views. Only by knowing all sides of a subject can one use its potential force in art. What subject matter "is", is a collection of many things. Not only is it line, form, color and texture, but it has a personality to contend with. Every subject and idea has a life force which must be translated through the artist's efforts. This extension of feelings, on the artist's and the ideas part, makes sculpture an entity and not an object.
Copyright 1973 Bud J. Lawson
Lawson, Bud J., "Of What Is and What Never Should Be" (1973). Master's Theses. 1461.