The Ephemerality Of The Living And The Persistence Of The Inanimate, 2022 Washington University in St. Louis
The Ephemerality Of The Living And The Persistence Of The Inanimate, Erin Johnston
MFA in Visual Art
I create fragile, sculptural works with paper. Either cast from pre-existing objects or constructed forms, my three-dimensional works ultimately become pure paper objects. I use the visual language of absence, memory, ruin and ephemerality to present modern artifacts and address the now. I am interested in how the manufactured crumbs we leave behind as a species reveal our collective desires, and our relationship to the body and mortality. I am fascinated with, and even enchanted by, the proliferation of material objects and their tendency to surpass the lifespan of any single human. Perhaps this behavior of producing lasting creations is ...
Visibility, 2022 California State University, San Bernardino
Visibility, Jamie Valdez
Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations
I am a woman, activist, artist, mother, and wife. My art practice questions the role of
institutions in disseminating outdated traditions and unfair rituals in relation to women. Bringing
visibility to what is ignored, I create works that are critical to the unfair expectations that society
fosters, expectations which ultimately oppress women vis- -vis the (art) institution. Through
different conceptual strategies, my work questions what society has taught us about gender
roles and explores the pedagogies that our institutionalized education has systematically
perpetuated for women and girls from early educational experiences.
Toward Holistic Mental Wellness: A Literature Review Of Mindfulness-Based And Focusing-Oriented Art Therapies, Lesley Vernon
Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses
Modern day living, for all its benefits, is synonymous with record levels of stress. The mental health clinician’s role is to assist clients in accessing the skills and tools necessary to reduce and alleviate the symptoms of stress-induced anxiety. Mindfulness is emerging as a potent and effective tool to restore one’s state of well-being. Likewise, engaging in art therapy has been shown to reduce stress and foster resilience. Grounded in humanistic and existential theories, this literature review aimed to assess the impact and effectiveness of two intermodal holistic therapies, specifically mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) and focusing-oriented art therapy ...
Spirituality & Wellness In The Black Lgbtqia+ Experience: A Literature Review, 2022 Lesley University
Spirituality & Wellness In The Black Lgbtqia+ Experience: A Literature Review, Black Pruitt
Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses
This literature review explores the intersections of race, sexuality, spirituality, and wellness. The findings highlight the complex trauma caused by both racialized and religious violence and how they have historically impacted the lives of Black LGBTQIA+ people today. The research offers evidence for the benefit and efficacy of implementing traditional Afrodiasporic spirituality into expressive arts therapeutic treatment, particularly for Black LGBTQIA+ people and communities. This research also suggests the necessity for actively and effectively dismantling Western psychological frameworks and approaches that have been historically harmful towards Black and LGBTQIA+ people in order to pave pathways towards collective healing and liberation.
Cultural Formation Of Place: Making Yourself At Home, 2022 Southern Methodist University
Cultural Formation Of Place: Making Yourself At Home, Olivia Arratia
Art Theses and Dissertations
The environment you grow up in can become a pivotal part of your existence. The sights, smells, people, and places you experience every day can transform the way you see the world. Growing up in a Mexican-American household has brought its own set of experiences that have made me the artist I am today. I am one of many contemporary artists building on the foundations of their heritage and the Chicano movement. I am also a Mexican-American artist expanding the identity and extending the legacy in the 21st century. This paper will investigate how Mexican-American heritage has influenced my artistic ...
Sharing Walks As A Witnessing Practice: Exploring Movement-Based Pedagogies, 2022 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sharing Walks As A Witnessing Practice: Exploring Movement-Based Pedagogies, Catalina Hernandez-Cabal
How we walk—or our inability to do so—is telling of who we have been. I propose this simple movement practice as a pedagogical engagement with the concept of faithful witnessing, which refers to attending to modes of power unbalance that might go unnoticed, and to people's creative and resistant possibilities (Lugones, 2003; Figueroa-Vásquez, 2015). This activity is suggested to provoke reflections about how we understand and experience social difference and power unbalances. The work introduces a simple score (a creative prompt) to explore walking-with others, creating instructions to teach others our movement, learning others', and delving into ...
Sanctuary: The-Construction Of Communion, 2022 Washington University in St. Louis
Sanctuary: The-Construction Of Communion, Carlos Salazar-Lermont
MFA in Visual Art
This thesis narrates the development of the multimedia art installation called Sanctuary. I unwrap the theoretical background of my practice, which is rooted in the theories of deconstruction by Jacques Derrida, and the rhizome theory by Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari. I approach my creative process as a grammatic of matter, space, and time, constructing meaning through an interplay of significants that connect to political, social, economic, and cultural implications. In the case of Sanctuary, I sought to create a path of empathy towards Venezuelan refugees in St. Louis, Missouri through the exploration of the concept of communion. This idea ...
Don't You Want To Be Happy?, 2022 Northern Illinois University
Don't You Want To Be Happy?, Mario Rocha Rodriguez Jr
My capstone project is an exhibition of my artwork using visual distortions to convey a message to the viewer. I created nine new pieces out of the original seven proposed over the course of the semester with themes all relating to firsthand experiences that I think people can learn from. For the exhibit, I displayed ten pieces with two works that were made prior to the current semester. In conclusion, I present ideas that I have been holding in for the past 4 years.
Counter-Archival Surplus: Remembering The Partisan Rupture In Post-Socialist Times, 2022 Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana
Counter-Archival Surplus: Remembering The Partisan Rupture In Post-Socialist Times, Gal Kirn
The article departs critically from the postsocialist condition in Yugoslavia marked by conservative revisionism that transformed the memorial landscape. The nation-building process took a clearly negative attitude towards the Yugoslav, socialist and partisan/antifascist past. The first part of the text will shortly present the notion of »counter-archive« and the central features of the method. The second part of the text will offer a short analysis of four case studies: A short partisan poem written by Iztok, a drawing by Dore Klemenčič, a partisan dance by Marta Paulin and a partisan film by Rudi Omota.
Digital Memories: An Exploration Of Learning To Create Art In The Digital Age, 2022 Pace University
Digital Memories: An Exploration Of Learning To Create Art In The Digital Age, Emily Keegan-Wolf
Honors College Theses
My work explores the relationship between physical and digital mediums. I aim to create digital images that looks as if they could be a traditional media. I am interested in how the two forms relate to one another and how digital manipulation affects physical artwork. I shoot and develop the black and white photographs used in this work: I am interested in the way that black and white is not just black and white, but many in-between shades as well.
To a digital element, I create glitch gifs from my images and use augmented reality to display these ...
Echoes Of Home, 2022 East Tennessee State University
Echoes Of Home, Hanna Traynham
Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The artist discusses her Master of Fine Arts exhibition, Echoes of Home, held at the Tipton Gallery in Johnson City, Tennessee on display March 15 through April 8, 2022. The author provides insight into concepts and influences relating to the creation of the exhibition with perspective on her intimate connection with place and memory.
The exhibit features five installations addressing home, elusive memory, and the change and continuity of cultural traditions over time. The works consist of a series of large-scale wild clay vessels, gestural clay bookends, a wall installation of cups with a line drawing, suspended porcelain slabs, and ...
..., 2022 East Tennessee State University
..., Claire Alfonso
Undergraduate Honors Theses
Words are fickle, easily misunderstood, and often put us at a loss... but we all have so much we feel we need to express. This begs the question: Is there any safe way of communication? Can anything ever really be communicated how you mean it? Will you ever see the reflection of what you feel, think, and dream outside of yourself? In response to this existential dilemma, I imagine an alternative language of images, sounds, color, feelings, and non-identification. My thesis is a meditation on the issues with standard language and the idea of alternative language. In my argument I ...
Line As Site And Material, 2022 Southern Methodist University
Line As Site And Material, Analise Minjarez
Art Theses and Dissertations
This paper recounts my artistic practice over the last three years. I will describe the places, artists, artworks, and processes that have been meaningful to me in this time as I pursued my MFA and worked to understand my relationship to the living world. In the thesis Line as Site and Material, I respond to materiality and site through installation, sculpture, drawing, and video. I work with clay harvested from my hometown of El Paso, TX to connect to the personal histories of the borderlands and geological time. In the Second River Series, I walk in the empty riverbed of ...
Me Tengo Que Ir, 2022 University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Me Tengo Que Ir, Eddy Leonel Aldana
Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design
In Spanish, me tengo que ir means “I have to go.” “I have to go” as in go home, or back to one’s home country. As in leaving home for the unforeseeable future, hang up the phone, or pass away. me tengo que ir is also the name of a song by Adolescent’s Orquesta — a song about love, loss, and heartbreak over time that was always played at family parties when I was growing up.
In me tengo que ir, I use world history and personal memory to examine my family’s place within the Guatemalan diaspora. Diaspora ...
100 Seconds To Midnight, 2022 California State University, San Bernardino
100 Seconds To Midnight, Melissa Medina
Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations
My artistic practice focuses on the concept of mortality and investigates the human condition. Through my work, I often personify the concept of death and investigate the several forms that it may take across several cultures. The skull is most often used as a symbol of mortality, and it serves as one of the key elements in my work. I am drawn to the elements portrayed in classical memento mori paintings, and as a result, I have borrowed certain objects commonly used in these works and have paired them alongside more modern elements to create a new narrative. With this ...
An Examination Of The Myriad Of Skills Properties Artisans Utilize And How They Are Attained, 2022 Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
An Examination Of The Myriad Of Skills Properties Artisans Utilize And How They Are Attained, Crystal L. Hayner
LSU Master's Theses
This study is intended to provide resources for those looking at becoming a prop artisan in the theatre industry. It is meant to provide aspiring artists with everything they need on their journey to becoming a competitive hire in the field, to aid in increasing one’s chances of finding work in the theatre industry, and to have a successful career as a prop artisan by compiling the multiple types of skills that prop artisans use and how they attain those different types of skills. The central research question of this study examines the myriad of skills prop artisans utilize ...
A Place To Call Our Own, 2022 Ohio University - Main Campus
A Place To Call Our Own, Todd Jones
Art + Design Masters Theses
A Place To Call Our Own explores residual cultural memory through the detritus of the ever decreasing life cycle of our identity-driven attention economy. Through processes of archaeological curation, accretion, and excavation, I create new objects that query the values of our current socio-political positions and examine implications for sustainability.
Discarded and mistint house paints are manifestations of culture as they are forgotten in basements, garages, closets, and left behind by previous owners. Mistint house paints are orphaned in hardware stores by customers who are not satisfied with their original color choices or when the store fails to create the ...
New Myths And My Religion, 2022 Belmont University
New Myths And My Religion, Pallas Lane Umbra
Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)
New Myths and My Religion
Pallas Lane Umbra
Faculty Advisor: Katie Mitchell
As every civilization has had its myth and legends, this creative thesis project introduces a new mythology. This world is born of our own, shaped by the experience of growing up queer in the Appalachian South. There is a specific exploration of love, rage, and spirituality. Inspired by Greco-Roman mythology while also reflecting on personal experience, this body of work shares a visual, symbolic language that is interpretable; one myth can tell many stories. Along with this new iconography, the work strips the viewer of ease and comfort ...
Visual Diaries: Towards Art History As Storytelling, 2022 Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Visual Diaries: Towards Art History As Storytelling, Alpesh Kantilal Patel
Art History Pedagogy & Practice
This essay examines variants of what I refer to as “visual diaries” – or thinking through images and written or oral language – as important “worldmaking” exercises, essential for students of color, women, sexual minorities, or other marginalized subjects. I provide my reflections on assigning this dynamic and student-centered, practice-based assignment in my contemporary art courses at a Hispanic-serving institution (HSI) of higher education and a summer art residency program unaffiliated with a university. Besides my reflections on my pedagogy, I also share student feedback from unsolicited testimonials and answers to questionnaires. I argue that visual diaries transform students into veritable storytellers ...
Speculative Subjectivities: Essayistic Forms And Material Bodies, 2022 The University of Western Ontario
Speculative Subjectivities: Essayistic Forms And Material Bodies, Eeva Siivonen
Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository
This practice-based research project focuses on selected contemporary moving image practices that work with strategies of experimental documentary, essayistic filmmaking, and site-specific installation. It focuses on the specific tactics employed by three artists, Dani ReStack, Rachel Rose and Diana Thater. The forms and strategies employed in these practices are analyzed through case studies of ReStack’s Draft 9 (2003), Rose’s Sitting Feeding Sleeping (2013), and Thater’s Delphine (1999). The specific purpose of this research is to illuminate how these contemporary moving image practices describe subjective experience, in both single-channel and installation forms, to critically engage with anthropocentric and ...