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Troy Thomas, Poussin’S Women: Sex And Gender In The Artist’S Works, James R. Jewitt 2023 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Troy Thomas, Poussin’S Women: Sex And Gender In The Artist’S Works, James R. Jewitt

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Images Of Maps And Connotative Tendencies In Early Republican America, Kerr Houston 2023 Maryland Institute College of Art

Images Of Maps And Connotative Tendencies In Early Republican America, Kerr Houston

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The Date Of The Allegory Of Mercy At The Misericordia In Florence...Again: Some Clarifications Regarding The Historical Setting, William R. Levin 2023 Centre College, Danville Kentucky

The Date Of The Allegory Of Mercy At The Misericordia In Florence...Again: Some Clarifications Regarding The Historical Setting, William R. Levin

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Art Inquiries Vol Xviii No 4 2023 Full Issue, Mysoon Rizk 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University

Art Inquiries Vol Xviii No 4 2023 Full Issue, Mysoon Rizk

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An Interview With Brianna Harlan, Mysoon Rizk, Brianna Harlan 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University

An Interview With Brianna Harlan, Mysoon Rizk, Brianna Harlan

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Art Inquries Vol Xviii No 4 2023 Front Matter, Mysoon Rizk 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University

Art Inquries Vol Xviii No 4 2023 Front Matter, Mysoon Rizk

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An Interview With Jennida Chase, Sunny Spillane, Jennida Chase 2023 University of North Carolina at Greensboro

An Interview With Jennida Chase, Sunny Spillane, Jennida Chase

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Jamie Robertson: Make For Higher Ground, Elizabeth S. Hawley 2023 University of South Alabama

Jamie Robertson: Make For Higher Ground, Elizabeth S. Hawley

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Jacqueline Jung, Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, And The Human Figure In Gothic Sculpture, Kerr Houston 2023 Maryland Institute College of Art

Jacqueline Jung, Eloquent Bodies: Movement, Expression, And The Human Figure In Gothic Sculpture, Kerr Houston

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Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel; And Modigliani Up Close, K. A. McFadden 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University

Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel; And Modigliani Up Close, K. A. Mcfadden

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Laurie Anderson: The Weather, Annie Dell'Aria 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University

Laurie Anderson: The Weather, Annie Dell'aria

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Diana S. Greenwald, Painting By Numbers: Data-Driven Histories Of Nineteenth-Century Art, Sara Woodbury 2023 William & Mary

Diana S. Greenwald, Painting By Numbers: Data-Driven Histories Of Nineteenth-Century Art, Sara Woodbury

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The Death And Rebirth Of The Feminine Muse: Edgar Allan Poe And Sylvia Plath, Noha Ibrahim 2023 American University in Cairo

The Death And Rebirth Of The Feminine Muse: Edgar Allan Poe And Sylvia Plath, Noha Ibrahim

Theses and Dissertations

While drawing on mythology and a literary history that associated women with death as well as creativity, Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath experimented with binary oppositions such as masculine/feminine, composition/decomposition, and death/(re)birth. They gained inspiration from the same source, the dead muse, but how do they transform traditions that derive from classical and medieval literary precedent, perhaps in ways that are inherently critical of patriarchal modes of gender dynamics? Why is Poe fixated on a feminine dead muse while Plath is inspired by what she calls her “father-sea-god muse”? How do both authors represent the female body, and how …


Historical Trauma: Literary And Testimonial Responses To Hiroshima, Mariam Ghonim 2023 The American University in Cairo AUC

Historical Trauma: Literary And Testimonial Responses To Hiroshima, Mariam Ghonim

Theses and Dissertations

The concept of trauma is controversial in literature. While one may be able to come up with ways to describe trauma in fiction, representing historical trauma is a hard task for writers. Some argue that trauma can not be described through those who did not experience it, while others claim that, provided some elements are added, one can represent trauma to the reader. This thesis focuses on twentieth-century historical traumas related to a nuclear catastrophe and explores the different literary and testimonial responses to the catastrophic man-made event of Hiroshima (1945). In this thesis, Kathleen Burkinshaw’s historical fiction The Last …


On The Black Book As Durational: Noah Purifoy’S Desert Library, Paul Benzon 2023 Skidmore College

On The Black Book As Durational: Noah Purifoy’S Desert Library, Paul Benzon

Criticism

What happens to a library in the desert? How does it transform as a material object under these pressures, and what might these transformations tell us about its capacity for bearing and registering history? This article considers these questions in relation to the artist Noah Purifoy’s found-object installation Library of Congress, one of approximately thirty works that make up the ten-acre space of the Noah Purifoy Desert Art Museum of Assemblage Art in Joshua Tree, California. The museum consists of a wide range of found-object sculptures, all deeply enmeshed within the space of the desert. The museum, and indeed Purifoy’s …


A Part Apart, Spenser Atlas 2023 Rhode Island School of Design

A Part Apart, Spenser Atlas

Masters Theses

I am fascinated by connections. Things that click, snap, slide, and hold. I care about the ways in which objects meet, looking for answers in the space between. What binds one thing to another?

I believe the world is presented to us in pieces. It’s hard to say how it all comes together. It's easy to believe things are shapeless and detached from each other. Connection is a bridge, a way of linking one thing to another that reveals interdependence, and eventually moves outwards to express a correlation between pieces, once assumed to be discrete and isolated.

This work is …


Garden Etiquette, Kai Wasikowski 2023 Rhode Island School of Design

Garden Etiquette, Kai Wasikowski

Masters Theses

Garden Etiquette is an ongoing project concerned with landscape photography, environmental conservation, and the way they have both served the settler colonialist agenda. I focus specifically on the conservation ideologies shaped in New South Wales (NSW) Australia and New England, United States of America (USA) in the late nineteenth century and the settler visualities that underwrote them. Both countries’ histories were marked by photography and conservation’s common function of mythologising land as empty space—to be invaded, extracted and occupied, and wilderness—to be territorialized and protected, albeit, in distinct ways.

With British, German and Polish settler ancestry, born and raised on …


Margins (I Nvr Needed Acceptance From All U Outsiders), Jahi Lendor 2023 Rhode Island School of Design

Margins (I Nvr Needed Acceptance From All U Outsiders), Jahi Lendor

Masters Theses

A comedian said, “American pie isn’t made out of apples, it’s made out of whatever you can get your fucking hands on.”1 With that, my work seeks to provide an honest representation of the infinite value of the everydayness and behavior of blackness ranging from trauma to beauty. Various mediums explore culture, class, collective memory, identity, and erasure. While resisting institutional and systemic boundaries between disciplines my practice actively seeks fluidity between media. The work often translates to (social) poetic-bricolage visualizations that combine gestures of assemblage, sculpture, installation, and painting. The work focuses on reflecting on how I see life …


Postindustrial Playbook++, Maxwell Fertik 2023 Rhode Island School of Design

Postindustrial Playbook++, Maxwell Fertik

Masters Theses

There is no such thing as an undisrupted ecosystem. Every inch of the planet is impacted by industrial development and its chemical legacy has mutated the soil and water. As a response, this thesis is designed to promote abundant over extractive resources and visualize a post-industrial reality. It consists of a series of objects, writing and design research on the relationship of industry and ecosystem.

In many ways it is a playbook++, laying out possible strategies or “plays’’ for making do with what exists around us amid collapse.

Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica)(ي'ڑ*), a plant that grows in the most degraded …


Making Then Meaning, Ben Denzer 2023 Rhode Island School of Design

Making Then Meaning, Ben Denzer

Masters Theses

This is an artist talk contained within a book. It is 816 pages and 49 minutes long. Closed captions run across the spreads. A video of this talk can be watched on bendenzer.com/making-then-meaning

At RISD, I’ve been prompted to expand the scope and tools of my practice and to reflect on questions of meaning in my work.

I spend my days making things, but I’ve never really had good answers to questions of why I make the things I make, or what their meaning is. I don’t think there are simple answers to these questions.

I think meaning comes from …


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