Degree Type


Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Art and Design

First Advisor

Barbara Walton


This thesis is the written component to the art exhibit Arable Visions which took place from March 24 to May 3, 2013 at the Gallery in the Round in Ames, Iowa. It explores issues of home, place, and sustainability in the American Midwest. The artwork uses cyanotype and van dyke alternative photo processes in combination with oil painting and watercolor to address the changing character of memory and place. Landscape is a constant theme, and is used to express emotion and imply atmosphere.

This writing documents the intention of the artist in creating the work. It also

documents the physical methods of creating the work and the conceptual development. A variety of connections and comparisons to art historical and contemporary influences are made to place the artwork and explain its relevance. A thumbnail documentation of the artwork that was exhibited follows. The artwork in this exhibition is a documentation of the pursuit of understanding place in a contemporary context.


Copyright Owner

Naomi Friend



File Format


File Size

46 pages

Included in

Fine Arts Commons