Drawing on the wall, paintings on the floor: My MFA thesis show artworks! 2015

Doesn’t every artist wear a beret and draw on the wall??

I still cannot believe how fast time has passed, moreover that I am graduating…woohoo!

The MFA thesis show will be on exhibit in the Thomas Welton Gallery  (Stanford- University) until  June 14, 2015. If you cannot make it to the show, you can find installation pictures below. Also a blurb on the exhibit  can be found here: Stanford Arts Review!

We're Not in the Business of Warehousing Paper. MFA Thesis Show. Installation view of "Figures in Ground (Chroma Series)" and "Grounded"
“Figures in Ground (Chroma Series)”, 2015, oil on canvas 106 x 83 in; And “Grounded” (Mural), 2015, graphite on wall, 5ft 8in x 19ft 2in (Lauren A. Toomer)

Amazingly, in the mind’s eye an assortment of disjointed lines and values can be perceived as a person’s body. In “Figures in Ground (Chroma Series)” body parts disappear on the plane more than they appear on the canvas. I agree with the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra when she stated, “If you show too much of a subject’s personal life, the viewer will immediately make assumptions. If you leave out details the viewer has to look for subtle hints.”

Living within a world filled with superfluous information distorts perceptions and limits one’s ability to truly focus on any one thing. To discourage this experience, I painted a life size figure on an empty background to direct one’s focus to the body and its relationship to the space around it. Certainly, there are many things in life that cannot be described. In turn, the white area of the canvas provides nothing but the bare space to contemplate the unknown and the unknowable.

Lauren A. Toomer Figure in Ground (Yellow-Purple-Pink), 2015 Oil on canvas 106 x 83 inches
Lauren A. Toomer
Figure in Ground (Chroma Series) Yellow-Purple-Pink, 2015
Oil on canvas
106 x 83 inches

 

Lauren A. Toomer Figure in Ground (Chroma) Blue-Green, 2015, oil on canvas, 106 x 83 inchesinches
Lauren A. Toomer
Lauren A. Toomer. Figure in Ground (Chroma Series) Blue-Green, 2015, oil on canvas, 106 x 83 inchesinches

 

Lauren A. Toomer Figure in Ground (Chroma) Lilac, 2015, oil on canvas, 106 x 83 inches
Lauren A. Toomer, Figure in Ground (Chroma Series) Lilac (detail), 2015, oil on canvas, 106 x 83 inches

 

 

 

xoxoxo

TOOmer