Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
Investigation into the construction of variable meaning surrounding the Basilica of Ste. Denis
Abstract: I argue for an understanding of the variable, dynamic nature of interpretation in the art historical world. Using the example of the Basilica of Ste. Denis I take a historiographic stance allowing me to compile a range of interpretations that have been in place for the building over time. I then move through history, using the fashions of the day to form visual comparisons between a number of different architectural markers from Ste. Denis such as façade, decoration, etc. Ultimately I show that in any aged and canonical work of art, one can establish an interpretative history that is varied and rewarding. These methods of looking at art objects with emphasis on how to look and who is looking is a branch of art history that is demanding more and more equal consideration, and this paper represents an attempt to blend these studies into more object based studied, using the combination of theory and visual to offer proof of my premise.