Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
The most interesting form that nature has produced over the millennia is the human form which is capable of vast ranges of movement and expression. However, each human form is on this earthly plane for only a short time, which has inspired the minds of artists from all ages to capture these images. In search for artistic development within my images, I have turned to the female form as a design element. By working with the form, I am able to explore the full range of the human figure and its aesthetic expression. Along with expression is projected each personality of the model. I try to show the secret side of the human conditions of our time. To achieve the desired affects for each vision, I have manipulated both the figurative form and the composition through standard camera techniques combined with darkroom processes such as photo montage, solarization, high contrast deviation, and hand manipulation. To define the linear qualities of the figure, I have found that to know the figure well will take a lifetime of work. By this exploration of the human figure, I have come to the conclusion that I will not end this quest but always return to where I started and know the figure more intimately.
Copyright 1996 Michael Jones
Jones, Michael, "Artistic Figuration" (1996). Master's Theses. 2574.