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Preferred Name

Nathaniel St. Amour

Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art, Design and Art History


Lisa Tubach

Mark Rooker

Kathryn Stevens


Video games create the feeling of great achievement and place the player into a role that turns them into a great hero. These experiences feel significant because they require great time and emotional investment. The monumentality of these experiences, however, are at odds with the transience of the electrical virtual worlds. The medium of oil painting helps overcome the sense of transience because of oil painting’s durable permanent way of image making and stillness. Painting’s inherent nod to history also creates a dissonance between the newness of the video game medium and the antiquity of painting, a contrast exacerbated by the rapid pace of modern media. I investigate how the feeling of painting and playing video games are related, and what one gains from the other. This paper and body of work seeks to find out what happens when labor-intensive forms of painting are connected to electronic virtual worlds.