Date of Award

5-9-2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Constance Thalken

Second Advisor

Nancy Floyd

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

Reproductive Futurism is the pervasive structuring of politics and society around securing of the future through fealty to a figurative Child. The primary means of the Child’s proliferation is the normalizing of hetero-reproduction, which privileges heterosexuality with validity and meaning. Fracture represents a body of work that illustrates my personal break with these normalizing structures, and through embracing my queer sexuality a refusal of the figurative Child and the future it represents. The work articulates the role sex played in my failure to adhere to (liberation from) normative relational structures, and proposes potential new configurations of bodies and filial bonds born from that failure. The work also represents a material shift in my work from photographic prints to intermedia/installation. The evolution of my process as an artist was informed by my personal transformation; my vision of the world shifted, so too did my material/aesthetic response to that world.

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