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Finding the Point: A Personal, Extrospective Analysis of Life as Art through Pointillism

Lum, Myles (2021) Finding the Point: A Personal, Extrospective Analysis of Life as Art through Pointillism. Masters thesis, Northern Arizona University.

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What if our lives are like art pieces? If so, then there must be an artist, the art piece itself, and an audience. In this compilation of creative nonfiction essays, I speculate what it would look like to view our lives as pointillist paintings. Instead of individually painted dots covering a canvas, I view individual moments, glances, thoughts, and the like to be composing my life. The entirety of my life can’t be boiled down to one single moment, but rather a compilation of instances. In order to view my life this way, I have paired my essays with my own pointillist drawings to illustrate how each dot on the page is a significant piece of the whole. These ruminations are to help myself consider what makes each detail in my life important, how I might better appreciate those points, and where to go after understanding my life as composed like a stippled art piece. Such distinctions have also provoked me to consider further who the artist of my life’s painting might be: is it me? Is it my community? Or is it a higher power? My essays, accompanied by my original artwork, have led me to decide upon the final option, which helps me find the “point” of my life, as I point back to the One who I argue painted it all in the first place.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Publisher’s Statement: © Copyright is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the Cline Library, Northern Arizona University. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Keywords: creative nonfiction; existentialism ; morality; pointillism; theism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PS American literature
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Student
Department/Unit: Graduate College > Theses and Dissertations
College of Arts and Letters > English
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 18:32
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2022 18:32
URI: https://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/5790

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