Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
In the first 25 years of my life, I always thought I was a free man, I followed my passion to choose art and design as my career, and strived to enter the best design school. However, until I moving to Providence, and fished on a beach over the midnight, I finally realized, actually I am the victim in dilemma who is always paralyzed by the standards we created. In that midnight, I realized time is not only a number, it can be the track of galaxy or the fluctuation of tide. And I introspected myself why my schools are the best, just because people defined they are? Did I contemplate about whether they are the most suitable for me? The answer is clear, I always follow suit which is defined by other people, and actually I don’t have my own judgment, I’m living in standards we created. But, I’m lucky, at last, I realize it. Most of time, we need to ‘See through the appearance to perceive the essence’, find the truth which belongs to ourselves. Just like Expressionism, artists create projects to express emotion through abundant color and exaggerated figure rather than depicting objective things. We need to directly rethink the essence of our world without any appearances.
Zhang, Zihan, "Expressionism in furniture" (2017). Masters Theses. 122.
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