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Washington University in St. Louis

2015

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Transitory States: Becoming And Continuity In The Drawing Process And Object, Ming Y. Hong May 2015

Transitory States: Becoming And Continuity In The Drawing Process And Object, Ming Y. Hong

Graduate School of Art Theses

This thesis explores the influences and content of the visual artist Ming Ying Hong and in particular, examines her drawings created during her Master of Fine Arts degree program at Washington University in St. Louis. In theorizing about the practice of drawing, this document investigates the instability in meaning found in both her motifs of explosions and wounds, placing her research in larger philosophical context regarding the transformative potential of Giles Deleuze’s “becoming” and George Batailles’s “continuity.” Ultimately, the intersection of these two terms is exemplified in the in the paradoxical conflation of binaries, upsetting clear categorization and ...