Collecting and Selecting

MFA Thesis Exhibition

by Masy Hebert Chighizola

May 2017


In Collecting and Selecting, I am exploring the way others adorn their lives and how these elements add up to emblematize the keeper of the treasures. With linoleum relief prints and drawings, I compose a unique type of portraiture that reveals the parallel identity between the way we dress ourselves and our living spaces. Within my process, I capture moments with photographs, draw, carve, print, and cut out the elements that hold a presence of the owner.

 
 
The wall of my Mom's collection. 

The wall of my Mom's collection. 

"Sentimental Surroundings of Mom", linoleum relief, 24x32. Vines surrounding are linoleum relief print and cut out with Xacto.

"Sentimental Surroundings of Mom", linoleum relief, 24x32. Vines surrounding are linoleum relief print and cut out with Xacto.

Close up of multiple prints cut out with Xacto and hung with varying lengths of magnets to create shadows.

Close up of multiple prints cut out with Xacto and hung with varying lengths of magnets to create shadows.

"Coffee Table Treasures", linoleum relief, 18x36.

"Coffee Table Treasures", linoleum relief, 18x36.

"Suitcase of Keepsakes", linoleum relief cut out with Xacto, 19 1/2x26.

"Suitcase of Keepsakes", linoleum relief cut out with Xacto, 19 1/2x26.

"Prized Marbles", linoleum relief cut out with Xacto, 10x20.

"Prized Marbles", linoleum relief cut out with Xacto, 10x20.

"Angelic Marble Table", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 20 1/2x40. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto.

"Angelic Marble Table", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 20 1/2x40. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto.

"Wooden Spring Table", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 16x28. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto.

"Wooden Spring Table", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 16x28. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto.

"Table of Antiques", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 18 1/2x36. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Table of Antiques", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 18 1/2x36. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Bedroom Alter", shelf is pen drawing, figurines are linoleum relief, 20x36. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Bedroom Alter", shelf is pen drawing, figurines are linoleum relief, 20x36. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Great Grandmother's Crochet", pen drawing then hand cut out with Xacto, 24x26 1/2. 

"Great Grandmother's Crochet", pen drawing then hand cut out with Xacto, 24x26 1/2. 

The wall of Verne's collection.

The wall of Verne's collection.

"Vivacious Verne", linoleum relief, 16x36

"Vivacious Verne", linoleum relief, 16x36

"Draped Beads", linoleum relief hand cut out with Xacto, 44x56 

"Draped Beads", linoleum relief hand cut out with Xacto, 44x56 

"Parent's Bohemian Honeymoon Parrot", linoleum relief hand cut out with Xacto, 7 1/2x24

"Parent's Bohemian Honeymoon Parrot", linoleum relief hand cut out with Xacto, 7 1/2x24

"Totem of Belongings", mixed media of pen drawings and linoleum relief, 20x69. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Totem of Belongings", mixed media of pen drawings and linoleum relief, 20x69. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

The wall of Hannah's collection.

The wall of Hannah's collection.

"Lace", pen drawing then cut out with Xacto, 32x71

"Lace", pen drawing then cut out with Xacto, 32x71

"Hannah Vibes", linoleum relief. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Hannah Vibes", linoleum relief. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Persuasive Pattern", linoleum relief, 18x24

"Persuasive Pattern", linoleum relief, 18x24

"Corner of Sunroom", linoleum relief, 11x18 1/2

"Corner of Sunroom", linoleum relief, 11x18 1/2

"Tending Her Plants", linoleum relief, 16 1/2x24

"Tending Her Plants", linoleum relief, 16 1/2x24

"Mantle", linoleum relief, 18x24

"Mantle", linoleum relief, 18x24

"Leafy Companions", linoleum relief, 16 1/2x24

"Leafy Companions", linoleum relief, 16 1/2x24

"Living Room Chair", linoleum relief, 14 1/2x18 1/2

"Living Room Chair", linoleum relief, 14 1/2x18 1/2

"Daily Distinction", linoleum relief, 14 1/2x18 1/2

"Daily Distinction", linoleum relief, 14 1/2x18 1/2

"Shoe Cascade", linoleum relief, 11x 18 1/2

"Shoe Cascade", linoleum relief, 11x 18 1/2

The wall of Kelly and Trav's collection.

The wall of Kelly and Trav's collection.

"Belly Dancin' Kelly", linoleum relief, 16x22

"Belly Dancin' Kelly", linoleum relief, 16x22

"Barong Mask", linoleum relief, 5x6

"Barong Mask", linoleum relief, 5x6

"Prayer Bead", linoleum relief, 1 1/2x11 1/2

"Prayer Bead", linoleum relief, 1 1/2x11 1/2

"Rangda Mask", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, 7x24

"Rangda Mask", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, 7x24

"Articulate Apparel", linoleum relief, 20x24

"Articulate Apparel", linoleum relief, 20x24

"Stuffed Animals on Shelf", shelf is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 4x7. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Stuffed Animals on Shelf", shelf is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 4x7. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Rajasthani Puppets", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, each puppet is around 4x10

"Rajasthani Puppets", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, each puppet is around 4x10

"Small Mirror", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, 3x12

"Small Mirror", linoleum relief and hand cut out with Xacto, 3x12

"Daruma Doll and Sake Cups on Shelf", shelf is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 6x8. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Daruma Doll and Sake Cups on Shelf", shelf is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 6x8. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Tea Time", linoleum relief, 14x18

"Tea Time", linoleum relief, 14x18

"Geisha Alter", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 22x26. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Geisha Alter", table is pen drawing, objects are linoleum relief, 22x26. Each piece is hand cut out with Xacto. 

"Cat Head", pen drawing copy of work of art by Kelly Stombaugh, 24x30.

"Cat Head", pen drawing copy of work of art by Kelly Stombaugh, 24x30.