Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Richard Hyslin

Second Advisor


Third Advisor

Dr. Philip Field


The painting, Edge of Existence best describes my surreal world at its current state. The idea started with the crisis of global warming. I want to express the peril of the creatures that are on the frontier of the global warming effect. The idea for the structure of the painting came from a Magritte painting called, The Domain of Arnheim. He has transformed an undeniably grand impression of a moonlit mountain landscape by means of a mental technique related to that of Poe and his imaginary friend Ellison, who described a magnificent, complicated, and weird landscape in which the natural phenomena have been retouched by the spiritual intervention of superior beings. I chose the number three in the glacier mountain to represent the three wise brings that are in deep thought of a solution to the immediate global warming problem as one's beak starts to melt.


Copyright 2009 Mack Liao. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American