Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Throughout my artistic career, I have always been a very prolific artist. I work in “series” with a number of works in progress at the same time. This way the work flows into one another, building momentum and leaving very little time to analyze what direction the work is headed. Having a show is not only a celebration to me, but also creates a natural break to reflect and more objectively review how to work is functioning. I am basically a source oriented artist. My work comes from a variety of sources: personal experiences, art history, architecture, maps, tarot cards, primitive art, etc. In the past three years, I’ve worked more and more with the imagery of primitive art, particularly the art of southwestern Indians, Eskimos, and oceanic cultures. My love for poking around ancient Indian campsites has led me to feel an affinity with primitive people and their artifacts. In some ways I identify with their lifestyle and the role art played in it. They made no separation between art and life. This non-western concept has to do with the belief that all things have a soul, whether it be a rock, a tree, a carving, or even a painting. This is one of the things I strive for when I am making my art; to let it have its own character. Primitive art often has an iconographical narrative that is personal, mysterious, meditative, and sometimes humorous. These are the qualities I hope come through in my work.


John Thorns, Jr.

Date of Award

Spring 1987

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1987 David Fielding


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