Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies
Traditional figurative study in art institutions involves the rendering of the human form through studio techniques grounded in historical practices. These observational investigations of the body are not only a basis for figurative painting and sculpture but they also have roots in scientific methodologies generally. It is at this intersection, that of science and art, where the understanding of physical bodies necessitates thinking outside of “human” and consider wider definitions: the post-human, the non-human and of organisms broadly.
The intention of the Life Studies specialization is to map all existing and potential studies of the figure and the body in contemporary art practices. This interdisciplinary specialization applies scientific methodologies of observation and discernment to investigate the body and embodied knowledge in a studio practice. Students will move through the specialization by studying across course offerings in Art and Liberal Arts & Sciences while building observational and technical skills.”