dick schellens

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Negative Space: Growing Up in the Perfect Modern Family

As an artist, photographer, and designer, I’ve always had an attraction to negative space. This thesis explores the role negative space has played in my life and in my development as a designer and as a person.

Is the unsupportive, rigid family world I grew up in the ‘negative space’ that I sought to paint or photograph? Can ‘negative space’ be part of an abstract family utopia of modernism? And how could I equate modern ideals with a strict authoritarian childhood?

The thesis looks at the early lives of my parents and visual happenings of the same era. I consider how world events and design trends affected my nuclear family and my ultimate growth as a visual artist. In the end, I find that ‘negative space’ is much more than what isn’t.

Dick holds Masters degrees in Computer Science and Business. He lives in Portland, Maine and plans to continue his studies toward a PhD in the visual arts.