Senior Thesis Spotlight: Martha McGehee

New Invite pic- Martha
Could you talk a little bit about the focus of your thesis?
I am an oil painter focusing on capturing dreamscapes and what dreams look like
How has your work changed from last semester, or even in the past year?
My work has changed a lot in the past year. I went from 12×24 bright saturated colored scapes to 24×36 muted neutral tones and more emotional and sometimes even dark paintings.
Dreams obviously play a huge role in terms of influence, but are there any artists whose artwork has made an impact on your thesis?
I love Dorothea Tanning and Georgia O’Keefe. Tanning paints these sharply focused and detailed surrealist situations that you often just can’t help but believe for a split second. O’Keefe has this style of painting landscapes that seems so dreamlike and surreal except that the scene is completely believable.
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How does it feel now that everything’s up on the walls? Does the work change when it leaves your studio?
I feel like I was finally able to see my paintings as finished once they went up on the walls because they left the workspace and not having a paint palette right next to them where I could change everything instantly made me start to think about them as final products.
What are some advantages/disadvantages to working in Hildebrandt as opposed to the painting studio?
I loved having my own space that I could spread out in and make a mess in if I needed to. I didn’t have to worry about being an inconvenience to others. I did really miss the community though. When I shared the big painting studio room with other people I got to watch everyone’s progress and there was almost always someone else there, it was a very supportive environment and I missed it.
Do you plan to continue painting, and if so, will you continue this focus?
I do plan to continue painting and I would like to keep working with dreamscapes.
The 2013 Senior Art Thesis Exhibition is currently on display in the upstairs Founder’s Gallery.
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1 response to Senior Thesis Spotlight: Martha McGehee

  1. your paintings look great here Martha, dark and luminous at the same time. the images are bringing to mind Remedios Varo a little they also translate well into the small format of the computer screen

    keep up the great work.

    rob millard-mendez

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