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The Mineral Delivery Route, Aaron Treher 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

The Mineral Delivery Route, Aaron Treher

Art Practices MFA Theses

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Aaron Treher, The Mineral Delivery Route

M.F.A., Department of Art and Art History

Thesis directed by Professor Richard Saxton

Mineral Delivery Route, is a multidisciplinary visual arts project that examines boundaries of culture, community, and nature through false-front structures, barns, and suburban houses. This thesis is a derivation of three years of research, investigating the formal and conceptual overlap of people and animals. Through my artistic practice I examine the perspective of barn swallows through the spaces they utilize for nest building.

Unlike other animals which find their habitats in trees, shrubs, grass, or rocks, barn swallows ...


A Shift In Silence, Bailey Idom 2018 Stephen F. Austin State University

A Shift In Silence, Bailey Idom

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A Shift in Silence is a body of work that emerged because of a key shift in my life. Using the formal components of line, shape, and value, I create a space representing an intimate moment in time. Physically, the medium can be any material, but I process all of this as an expression of line. Each piece shares the commonality of lines and lineage, while the layering embodies the record of my relationships from the past that directly affect the present. The abstraction and unpredictability within my own relationships require openness and vulnerability. This honest dialogue sustains and informs ...


Staying Tuned, Johnathan Welsh 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Staying Tuned, Johnathan Welsh

Art Practices MFA Theses

This thesis examines the connection of current political outrage and it’s relationship to the use of social media. The composition of news reporting through media is explored along with the way in which news is consumed in America today. I also discuss observations about the way people behave online and the new languages they are using to communicate with one another. Finally, I explain the reason why I chose the specific images I did for my thesis paintings along with the insight I gained from this research as a whole.


Lost In Translation, Joanna Bugajska 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Lost In Translation, Joanna Bugajska

Art Practices MFA Theses

This thesis contains a detailed visual record of my virtual reality (VR) work entitled “Lost in Translation.” I use 180-degree panoramas to capture the essence of the work. “Lost in Translation” is an attempt to understand better and ultimately accept events from my early teenage years, that after much introspection and therapy, I believe to have negatively impacted much of my adult life. This is a seated VR experience that reflects on themes of identity and place through interaction with objects and various media from the artist’s childhood memories of immigrating from Poland to the United States.


Compost Rich Of Resistance: Wayfinding In Tel Aviv And Jerusalem, Taylor K. Miller 2018 University of Arizona

Compost Rich Of Resistance: Wayfinding In Tel Aviv And Jerusalem, Taylor K. Miller

Journal of Social Theory in Art Education

It is not common to travel to a region searching for what is wrong and askew. But this is precisely how I move through greater Palestine-Israel each time I visit. Explosions and incessant pummeling have forced the sidewalks and retaining walls to heave–Styrofoam slabs serve as an equally hasty and hideous shim. But in this, there is hope. Even where the sidewalk momentarily ends–likely that in just a few months a new road, deeper into the West Bank will be built–it is glaring that these foundations are laid at an unsustainable pace. In a land where the ...


Hoyt, Roy (Fa 1145), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2018 Western Kentucky University

Hoyt, Roy (Fa 1145), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

FA Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Folklife Archives Project 1145. Student paper titled “Upholstery – A Folk Occupation” in which Roy Hoyt speaks with Frank Black, a resident of Burgin, Kentucky and “the last of the true ‘tufters’ in his portion of Kentucky.” In the interviews conducted by Hoyt, Black, who had been a craftsman for more than three decades, details the tools, materials, and processes used to upholster furniture. The paper also includes occupational anecdotes and color photographs of Black’s workshop, machines, and finished products.


Representations Of Mainstream And Marginalized Subjects In The Work Of Diane Arbus, Grace Short 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Representations Of Mainstream And Marginalized Subjects In The Work Of Diane Arbus, Grace Short

Student Research, Performance, and Creative Activity: Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

This thesis considers the photographs of the twentieth-century photographer, Diane Arbus. In America during the 1950s and 60s, Arbus photographed both marginalized and mainstream subjects including dwarfs, giants, transvestites, nudists, debutantes, socialites, and celebrities. At one point in her career, she expressed an interest in family portraiture and, indeed, a number of her images depict families.

Scholars who have written about Arbus, such as Susan Sontag, Carol Armstrong, Anthony W. Lee, and John Pultz, have formulated theories about Arbus’s motivations, although their findings focus on individual features of her work. Sontag argued that Arbus exploited her unorthodox sitters whereas ...


Are You Still Recording?, Rachel Wright 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Are You Still Recording?, Rachel Wright

Art Practices MFA Theses

Are You Still Recording? Is an experimental video installation that re-contextualizes an archive of home movies, including 16mm film, 8mm film, Super 8, video and sound recordings, as well as voicemail messages from my father and other natural and instrumental sounds. I am investigating the ways in which personal narrative can underscore the collective narrative through the format of experimental video, installation, and writing. I reference and examine ideas relating to memory, time, nature, recording, and notions of the collective. I am also interested in themes and relationships between home movie and ethnography, as well as notions of identity, materiality ...


Re-Making The Mark, Zora Murff 2018 University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Re-Making The Mark, Zora Murff

Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design

Is there a difference between a Black body lynched in 1919 and the forced removal of a community through the construction of a freeway? Or a blighted landscape shaped through generations of segregationist legislation versus a Black life taken by police in 2018? With Re-Making The Mark, I produce a mixture imagery and history to prompt inquiry into not only how racial violence has been recorded through images, but how they can also become a subversive code to interrupt collective belief. I capitalize on photography’s capacity to reveal temporal layers, and my work reinterprets American narratives about power, race ...


Authoritarian Pedagogical Practices In Dance Teaching And Choreography, Charlotte Carmichael 2018 Dominican University of California

Authoritarian Pedagogical Practices In Dance Teaching And Choreography, Charlotte Carmichael

Honors Theses and Capstone Projects

This paper examines the authoritarian pedagogical practices found in educational settings and more specifically, in Western classical and contemporary dance training and rehearsals. These practices have been a part of dance for centuries, and their legacy has had severe impacts on the ethical, psychological, and political undercurrent of students’ educational and professional experiences. First, the historical roots of authoritarian teaching techniques are presented. Next, the ways in which dance teachers and choreographers employ authoritarian teaching behaviors are considered and examined. Finally, in hopes of providing a better template for the future, an overview of the ways in which some dance ...


Dancing, Mindfulness, And Our Emotions: Embracing The Mind, Body, And Sole, Alisha M. Collins 2018 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Dancing, Mindfulness, And Our Emotions: Embracing The Mind, Body, And Sole, Alisha M. Collins

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This capstone project examines dance, as an intervention and mindfulness practice that assists with managing our emotions. There is a need for dance therapy in social institutions such as, healthcare facilities, schools, and community centers. Dance therapy has the potential to reduce negative emotions, create mindfulness, improve self-expression, and promote a healthy well-being. I am proposing that dance therapy is applied as a regular practice in social institutions to develop mindfulness and promote emotional stability.

In this study, I argue that dance therapy can contribute to our well-being long term. In addition to this written thesis, a visual component of ...


Experience Bobo Experience, Sara Smith 2018 California State University, Monterey Bay

Experience Bobo Experience, Sara Smith

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Experience Bobo Experience -by Sara Marie Smith (Artist Statements and Images of work)

Spring 2018-CSUMB Undergraduate Capstone Project/ Visual Public Arts Department

My Senior Capstone is about using inspirational wisdom from acknowledged sources to address the quandaries of our human experiences. I have chosen a cognitive clown, named Bobo, to investigate Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Watts. Bobo, my character, goes on a journey of learning. Bobo is a line drawing, rendered in marker, with a circular head, two dot eyes, three puffs of hair with a clown smile and clown clothing. Experience Bobo Experience speaks to viewers ...


Notes From Johannesburg - Dialogues And Itineraries Of The South From Kinshasa: Art, History, And Education, David Andrew 2018 Wits School of Arts, Johannesburg

Notes From Johannesburg - Dialogues And Itineraries Of The South From Kinshasa: Art, History, And Education, David Andrew

Artl@s Bulletin

This text was originally a brief speech in a debate – Dialogues and Itineraries of the South from Kinshasa: Art, History and Education that took place at Mário de Andrade Library’s Auditorium in São Paulo (Brazil) on October 26th 2016. It draws from questions and discussions in Kinshasa, concerning arts education, the challenges in decolonizing curriculum and methods, connecting them to South African experiences, particularly at the Wits School of Arts (Johannesburg) and also from the Another Road Map School research group workshops.


Lumumba’S Iconography As Interstice Between Art And History, Matthias De Groof 2018 Antwerp University

Lumumba’S Iconography As Interstice Between Art And History, Matthias De Groof

Artl@s Bulletin

How does Congolese art and artistic representations of Lumumba “mediate past, present and future”? How do they relate to historical narratives and to the dialogues within the Global South? This contribution proposes Lumumba’s iconography as a case in point of the interstice between art and history. It positions the image of Lumumba as mediating between past, present and future for both the Congo and the Global South more broadly.


Retour À L’Authenticité In The City: A Photo Essay, Ruth Sacks Dr 2018 University of Fort Hare

Retour À L’Authenticité In The City: A Photo Essay, Ruth Sacks Dr

Artl@s Bulletin

These photographs were taken as part of a larger research project tracing Mobutu Sese Seko’s construction projects in Kinshasa in the late 1960s and 1970s. The sites were part of a drive initially taking place under Mobutu’s cultural policy of retour à l’authenticité, instigated in 1967 as a means of taking recourse in pre-colonial Congolese traditions. This gave rise to a wide variety of architectural styles, adorned by artworks largely commissioned from a group called the avant-gardists. The selection of photos seen here presents glimpses of some of the sites and their artworks.


Performing Sculpture, Laura Smith 2018 University of Colorado, Boulder

Performing Sculpture, Laura Smith

Art Practices MFA Theses

This is Laura Zelda Smith's MFA thesis paper. (footnote: Ok, this is a joke. This is what we all secretly want to type in for the abstract of our papers, and is essentially a one to two sentence summation of my paper. However, a more appropriate abstract would say: my paper discusses my relationship to both materiality and performance. The paper, itself, is designed to be an artistic work in its own right, and playfully perform a running commentary on its own material and process.)


Images Of Radical Hope: Contemporary Women Artists Of The Middle East, June-Ann Greeley 2018 Sacred Heart University

Images Of Radical Hope: Contemporary Women Artists Of The Middle East, June-Ann Greeley

June-Ann Greeley

Professor June-Ann Greeley talks about Muslim women throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia who have begun to create an array of art forms to critique, defy and push back against cultural expectations and social traditions.


Scattered Feathers, Dason Sebastian Pettit 2018 Louisiana State University

Scattered Feathers, Dason Sebastian Pettit

LSU Master's Theses

Scattered Feathers is the story of a ghost that lives in the imagination now: the ivory-billed woodpecker. Those that know this bird call it the God Bird or Grail Bird because of its mythic stature. This thesis is also a story about the loss and obsession that can fuel human pursuits. It is a study in observation and subsequent mythmaking, an examination of extinction and preservation. Perhaps most of all it is a chronicle of entropy and the cyclical nature of our existence. The visual work herein examines the mythos of the ivory-billed woodpecker, its once pristine environment and the ...


A Woman's Power & Place Vs. A Man's Power & Place, Christine Stoddard 2018 City College of New York, CUNY

A Woman's Power & Place Vs. A Man's Power & Place, Christine Stoddard

The Crambo

Digital writing and photography.


The Adjacent, Phoebe Jan-McMahon 2018 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Adjacent, Phoebe Jan-Mcmahon

Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design

There are few times when my mind quiets; painting is one of them. A universe exists adjacent to this one where I process thoughts in a quiet space, free from the streaming cacophony of various devices. This adjacent space is where my mind is able to process the state of the world. I think it is essential that everyone knows what is going on around them, especially if the issues they hear about do not affect their daily life. I want to be an active participant in the world but find myself bogged down by the unrelenting events cycling through ...


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