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Chen Rong and the transformation of Nine dragons

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This dissertation is the first detailed and extensive study dedicated to the life and art of the master artist and scholar-official Chen Rong (active 13th century), and offers an expanded analysis of his most famous work, the Nine Dragons scroll

This dissertation is the first detailed and extensive study dedicated to the life and art of the master artist and scholar-official Chen Rong (active 13th century), and offers an expanded analysis of his most famous work, the Nine Dragons scroll (1244). It provides a reconstruction of Chen Rong's biography, character and political career, and discusses his significance and impact in the study of Chinese painting during the late Southern Song dynasty (1127-1279) and beyond, by highlighting the reception and interpretation of the Nine Dragons scroll in the past and in modern times. This is achieved by addressing writings such as eulogies, poems and commentary about Chen Rong by his contemporaries and later biographers, and also analysis of recent works by contemporary Chinese artists that reinterpret Chen Rong's Nine Dragons motif directly. In addition to offering an expanded reading and interpretation of Chen Rong's inscriptions on the Nine Dragons scroll and inscriptions by subsequent viewers of the scroll, this study sheds light on the artistic context, significance, and historical development of dragons and dragon painting in China. This dissertation also offers the first full English transcription and translation of Emperor Qianlong's inscription on the Nine Dragons scroll, and that of his eight officials. Furthermore, this dissertation includes two detailed appendices; one is a detailed appendix of all of Chen Rong's paintings documented to exist today, and the second is a list of paintings attributed to Chen Rong that have been mentioned in historical documents that no longer appear extant. This interdisciplinary study provides insight into the processes that influence how an artist's work is transformed beyond his time to that of legendary status. This clarification of Chen Rong's biography and artistic activity, particularly with respect to his most famous work the Nine Dragons scroll, contributes to modern scholarship by providing an expanded understanding of Chen Rong's life and art, which in turn, adjusts prevailing perceptions of his life and work.

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2012

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Writing through the body: Flesh narratives

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This project explores the cultivation of artistic methodologies centered in embodied movement practices. I worked in collaboration with dancers to inform the development of a movement vocabulary that is authentic to the individual as well as to the content of

This project explores the cultivation of artistic methodologies centered in embodied movement practices. I worked in collaboration with dancers to inform the development of a movement vocabulary that is authentic to the individual as well as to the content of the work. Through the interplay between movement and subconscious response to elements such as writing, imagery, and physical environments I created authentic kinesthetic experiences for both dancer and audience. I submerged dancers into a constructed environment by creating authentic mental and physical experiences that supported the development of embodied movement. This was the impetus to develop the evening length work, Flesh Narratives, which consisted of five vignettes, each containing its own distinctive creative process driven by the content of each section. This project was presented January 29- 31, 2016 in the Fine Arts Center room 122, an informal theatre space, that supplemented an immersive experience in an intimate environment for forty viewers. This project explored themes of transformation including cycles, concepts of life, death and reincarnation, and enlightenment. Through the art of storytelling, the crafting of embodied movers, and the theory of Hauntology, the viewer was taken on a journey of struggle, loss, and rebirth.

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2016

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Helen Hyde and Her "Children": Influences, Techniques and Business Savvy of an American Japoniste Printmaker

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After the opening of Japan in the mid-1800s many foreigners flocked to the

nation. San Franciscan Helen Hyde (1868-1919) joined the throng in 1899. Unlike many

of her predecessors, however, she went as a single woman and was so taken with Japan

she

After the opening of Japan in the mid-1800s many foreigners flocked to the

nation. San Franciscan Helen Hyde (1868-1919) joined the throng in 1899. Unlike many

of her predecessors, however, she went as a single woman and was so taken with Japan

she made it her home over the span of fourteen years. While a number of cursory studies

have been written on Helen Hyde and her work, a wide range of questions have been left

unanswered. Issues regarding her specific training, her printmaking techniques and the

marketing of her art have been touched on, but never delved into. This dissertation will

explore those issues. Helen Hyde's success as a printmaker stemmed from her intense

artistic training, experimental techniques, artistic and social connections and diligence in

self-promotion and marketing as well as a Western audience hungry for "Old Japan," and

its imagined quaintness. Hyde's choice to live and work in Japan gave her access to

models and firsthand subject matter which helped her audience feel like they were getting

a slice of Japan, translated for them by a Western artist. This dissertation provides an in

depth bibliography including hundreds of primary newspaper articles about Hyde who

was lauded for her unique style. It also expands and corrects the listing of her printed

works and examines the working style of an American working in a Japanese system with

Japanese subjects for a primarily American audience. It also provides a listing of known

exhibitions of Hyde's works and a listing of stamps and markings she used on her prints.

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2016