Document Type


Date of Degree

Spring 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In


First Advisor

Hettmansperger, Sue

First Committee Member

White, Susan C.

Second Committee Member

Jung, Anita

Third Committee Member

Rozencohn, Ronald

Public Abstract

Bringing together the two disciplines of architecture and painting allow for a new way of thinking and creating that would otherwise not exist. Through this intersection, my research breaks from the constraints of traditional painting and develops an innovative approach to representing architecture through painting. It is important to re-examine architectural potential of one’s environment and to construct different spatial compositions. This creates a new visual language for me; it reflects my passion for one-of-a-kind architecture. If an architectural construction starts from the ground up, then traditional painting starts with the upright canvas. In the style of architects who design blueprints, I work on flat surfaces parallel to the floor to allow for more freedom in expression. As a child who grew up in a very large family within a small house, I learned to appreciate large spaces. It is through this experience that I have focused my work on the interpretation of monumental structures. My project consists of painted panels positioned several inches from the wall. I examine interiors and exteriors of houses and buildings looking for, and visually creating, different design solutions. I consider buildings as “imposed structures,” so I started drafting ideal homes that led to my current work “veiled architecture.” These new drawings and paintings of architectural imaginings are covered with geometric shapes and parallel lines to emphasize constraints within architecture. And by extension, I call on the viewer to reimagine his or her world by examining architectural and geometric potential in the environment.


publicabstract, Ancient Greece, Architecture, Enamel, Graphite, Painting


vii, 27 pages


Copyright 2015 Halle Diane Siepman

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