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Journal of Creative Work
Volume 1, Issue 1, 2007

Paintings: LoveSeat, Two sides of Cerulean, So how does what she said make you feel?
Douglas Borton

Statement of Purpose

In approaching a painting, my goal is to explore the male/female dichotomy in a formal and accessible environment. While important to me that the viewer establish their own account w ith my work, when painting I attempt to express underlying fragilities of human relationships while pushing them together to tell a story . The recurring themes of isolation, confrontation, sexual tension, anxiety and separation reference modern interpersonal issues that men and w omen face when confronted with an ever changing social and economical climate. From an aesthetic standpoint, it is my intention to seduce the viewer into the canvas. The scale, abstraction and color relationships are intentionally implied to distill artistic sty le that could otherwise conceal underlying dialogue from the viewer. In terms of process I usually work on several paintings concurrently and enjoy exploring metaphoric sty le in an attempt to reinforce the theme and to deepen the content with less literal connotations. The partially revealed, ethereal figures, for

example, reference the diffusion of the individual within the context of an interpersonal struggle. The figures often appear to gaze introspectively , cautiously withdrawn and entrapped within the overall architectural structure. Ultimately , through these techniques I attempt to create the canvas as a mute static presence within itself, polarizing the figures in relationship to the viewer. Ultimately , this hopefully allows the viewer to gaze upon the paintings from a somewhat clinical and examining standpoint, while drawing their own questions and conclusions to the work.

Living by Imagination
Mark Saba

Statement of Purpose

In response to the current American penchant for “reality” TV shows, the news, and celebrity biographies, I wrote “Living By Imagination” to illustrate (from my own experience as well as the perspectives of such people as Czeslaw Milosz, William Blake, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt) the validity and indeed necessity of utilizing imagination in order to plow through life. I touch on the imagination’s role in such universal human preoccupations as religion and love, and present many ways in which lack of imagination can lead to despair, intolerance, and lack of purpose in living. I believe we are due for a rebirth of belief in the power of imagination as we plod along in our technologically hyper-motivated world, a world in which everything is seen as increasingly relative, and we must supply the rules for ordering that relativity.


Ted Gournelos

Statement of Purpose
Visual art, conceptually based or not, should not need a manual for it to be understood. To involve an audience an artist must touch them, move them, make them think or feel. My work uses several different techniques to achieve that goal, but all of them can be called a form of personal contact. The pieces are parts of a larger conversation, and one that I do not consider successful if it has not touched in some way even the most unsophisticated child. As John Dewey suggested, art is fundamentally an experience, a communicative process that confronts social realities through metaphor and participation rather than demagogic or Manichean politics. Rather than becoming overly intellectual, therefore, “Alone” connects on multiple levels with its viewers, and tries to pull them in rather than push them away. Drawing from Do-Ho Suh’s exploration of contemporary political ontologies and Alfredo Jaar’s commitment to visceral social commentary, the piece attempts to place the individual viewer in an environment of isolation at the same time as it creates community. This ambivalence is key to any experience of “Alone.”


Vassiliki Rapti

Statement of Purpose
Subito is an experimental poem that is the result of ludic activity. It is an open game in which a subject speaks with an object, which, in this case, happens to be a doll named Phoebe (=Full of

light, like Apollo as Phebus). Phoebe ultimately comes to live and switches roles with the speaking subject. In this endless game of role reversal the initial speaking subject goes through a trance and comes to terms with its inner desires and fears to finally fully submit itself to love. Lyrical and philosophical, this game continues on the level of language (a mixture of English and Greek with allusions to Greek myths and the Orthodox tradition of the Holy Virgin) by evoking vivid imagery while drawing the reader’s attention to its inner symmetry, mainly illustrated by acronyms reminiscent of Byzantine hymnography.

Robert Tanner

Statement of Purpose

Soliloquy is a musical work for solo clarinet composed in 2004. While the piece is meant to

assume an improvisatory character in its performance, its compositional structure may be best

characterized as a modification of the theme and variations form dating from the eighteenth

century. The theme consists of a series of brief motives which are combined to form phrases; in

each variation, the motives are manipulated through numerous means (e.g. transposition,

rhythmic displacement, inversion) and recombined to form new musical material. Transitions

between variations are continuous and at certain points, variations overlap to further obscure the

overall form. The melodic and harmonic language of this composition may be described as atonal or posttonal. These terms are often used interchangeably to denote the absence of a central pitch (tonic) or hierarchical relationships among harmonies characteristic of music in the Western concert traditions of the seventeenth century through the early twentieth century. Abandonment of conventional tonality in concert music began when many composers of the early twentieth century such as Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) and Edgar Varèse (1883-1965) wrote works in which traditional relationships were not the primary organizing principle. Although Soliloquy was not conceived as being a part of any specific post-tonal tradition, it does present another alternative to traditional tonality in addition to those employed by composers of the last several decades.


Anthony Rhine

Statement of Purpose

This play was written with the intention of bringing to the world a bit of the soul of the man who died being known as the "father of the Atom bomb" a title Robert J. Oppenheimer came to detest. A brilliant physicist and a gentle man, Oppenheimer dedicated himself only to the needs of his country, even when it went against his own moral position. In the final hour, however, that government maneuvered politically to destroy him personally, by stripping away his security clearance on the eve of its expiration. The docudrama by Heinar Kipphardt, (trans. by Ruth Speirs) entitled In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer, used some of the transcript of the congressional hearings to depict their ultimate outcome, but Oppenheimer went to his grave with a detestation for the play that manipulated his life and his associations as adeptly as the hearings did. This play attempts to honestly depict the man. Using actual letters and writings from Oppenheimer's life, the play is framed with the man's own memories, and hopefully, therefore, his soul.


James Davis

Statement of Purpose
Change (Leaf Pile) is a sculpture consisting of 6,000 “leaves” made from computer generated

inkjet prints. This piece highlights the beauty of nature with its infinite possibilities and chaotic

behavior especially in relation to permutations of color. With the changing of the seasons, you

can see leaves go from striking greens to a mixture of yellow, orange and red hues. This dynamic coloration in a real maple leaf is a product of the intricate genetic makeup of the tree along with the influence of the unpredictable surrounding environment. Additionally, this work allows the viewer to see the changing color of leaves that would normally occur temporally across an entire season in static time, therefore portraying nature’s full complexity all at once. This piece captures the myriad of color possibilities, both existing in nature and artificial, therefore producing a visual cornucopia.


Eye of the Beholder

Statement of Purpose
I believe that my art is a unique representation of me…the aesthetics of my life and my experiences.  Within my repertoire are works both on canvas and paper, but my preferred medium include mixed media on canvas.  My art is not about what others want me to see but more about what it is that I see and feel…beyond the ordinary. Whether it is spirally, backwards, or upside down…I incorporate my ancestry and soul into each piece. Novelist Emile Zola quoted that as an artist, he was to live out loud. I too as an artist convey the same sentiments.

Caroline’s World
Stephanie Shonekan

Statement of Purpose
"Caroline’s World" is a short story that considers class and race in contemporary United States. The main character, Caroline, struggles with issues of identity while maintaining a façade of perfection in her insulated, idyllic, suburban world.