Altered States


Claire Sherman and Valerie Hegarty

PAINTING 638 001
3 credit hours 

Painting meets sculpture and the imaginary meets the real in this multi-level class exploring the visionary landscape. Students scavenge the external landscape for source material to assemble, graft, and fabricate uncanny juxtapositions and unnatural alterations of found objects using fast sculptural techniques that allow for maximum permutations and experimentation. Readings and films range from John Muir’s musing on nature to Mary Shelley’s descriptions of gothic landscapes in Frankenstein. Students develop projects that merge the psychological with the visible by reasserting their sculptural creations back into the natural environment and using them as inspiration for visionary drawings, paintings, installations and/or another series of sculptural objects.