If you tell stories with your paintings, have you ever wondered what shape or shapes that story would include? Would it be rectangles, straight lines, triangles, circles or a combination?
Kurt Vonnegut believed “that stories have shapes which can be drawn on graph paper.” This was actually the concept behind his master’s thesis in anthropology at the University of Chicago, a thesis that was rejected. Using universal themes, he called the stories Man in a Hole, Boy Meets Girl, From Bad to Worse, Which Way Is Up, etc.
The work has been re-imagined recently by graphic designer Maya Eilam, and the following link includes Vonnegut’s explanation of the original thesis. http://www.openculture.com/2014/02/kurt-vonnegut-masters-thesis-rejected-by-u-chicago.html