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Research Examples 

During the 2 years at UCI, I focused my research on conservation and iconography. 

Ellimatta: In Search of the Abstract in Aboriginal Australian Ceremonial Paintings questions the definition of "abstract" within art. Aboriginal Australian Paintings concise of patterns, shapes and colors that depict a scene from a story. The geometric motifs found in Indigenous Australian art, the dot and line symbols, are used to tell a story while striping away figurative representations of life. Because abstract art is identified as a setting broken from reality by focusing on color, form, shapes, lines and texture, one can argue that Aboriginal Art is abstract. In Ellimatta I tackle the definition of "abstract", question what makes art abstract, and if art made prior to the 20th century can be described as "abstract". 

While writing Ellimatta I--

  • Came up with a topic that had yet to be written.

  • Gathered 11 sources and took extensive notes on each source. 

  •  Broke down the research paper into segments to create a clear and concise argument for the reader to easily comprehend while meeting the due date.

  • Compared and analyze two different artworks that are similar yet only one is "abstract". 

A Glimpse into the Lost World delves into the early Iron Age and how Etruscans are the foundation to modern day Italy. In A Glimpse, I focus on Etruscan tombs and how they came to be one of the accomplishments to come out of the Iron Age. The tombs were decorated with paintings of celebration, mythological symbolism with vessels and platters, all of which show the Etruscans inspiration from the Greeks and Egyptians. 

A Glimpse into the Lost World allowed me to--

  • Research the science and culture cultivation behind the Etruscan pottery, vessels and pigments used in the tombs.

  • Write and combine notes taken from 7 different sources.

  • Compare and analyze two different tombs found by archeologists to support my argument.

Iconostasis Versus the Church showcases the role Byzantine Icons played in modern day Constantinople when a prosecution arose to those who worshipped the holy icons. I focued on the importance it was to produces such artworks as they were merely used for devotional purposes only instead of creating art for "art's sake"; they bridged the gap between humanity and the divine. 

Iconostasis Versus the Church demonstrates--

  • The extensive research done to support the theological morals behind Byzantine Art. 

  • Analytical and comparison skills .

  • Diligent note taking to create an argument.

  • Methodological approach to a research project. 

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