Ross School - Senior Project 2013


Student: Aiyana Jaffe

Mentor: Jen Cross

Domains: Art

Faculty Grader: Therese Lichtenstein


Documentation of Product


Title: To See is to Interpret


Exhibition & Presentation Summary


Presentation: For my senior project I explored what it means to draw representationally, and I immersed myself in observational drawing. I took extensive classical drawing lessons and created a series of works utilizing the techniques of academic drawing. In addition I did research on drawing and the brain. In my own drawings, I rendered form using light and shadows, filtered through my own perception and biases in seeing. I worked to expand my ability to create the illusion of three dimensionality on a two dimensional surface and produce an accurate representation of form in space. Obsessed with perfecting my technical skills, I learned to find great value in my ability to rely on my own eye. The act of observation changes one's perception of even the simplest object and as I looked, I began to interpret. This eventually led me to a place of expressionistic representation. I transformed my observational drawings into works that imply movement and mystery. My senior project developed into a reflection of my personal evolution and struggle in defining my own artistic identity.


Senior Project Powerpoint

Exhibition Pamphlet


Works Consulted

Berger, John. Ways of Seeing. London: British Broadcasting, 1972. Print.

Edwards, Betty. Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain: A Course in Enhancing Creativity and Artistic Confidence. Los Angeles: J. P. Tarcher, 1979. Print.

Gopnik, Adam. "Life Studies." The New Yorker. N.p., 27 June 2011. Web.

Hockney, David. Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters. New York: Viking Studio, 2001. Print.

Leopold, Rudolf, and Elisabeth Leopold. Egon Schiele: The Leopold Collection, Vienna. Munich: Prestel, 2009. Print.

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. CŽzanne's Doubt: n.p., n.d. Print.

Nicola•des, Kimon. The Natural Way to Draw; a Working Plan for Art Study. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1941. Print.