Date of Award

5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Jill Frank

Second Advisor

Constance Thalken

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Fourth Advisor

Craig Drennen

Abstract

A few weeks, maybe months… is an exhibition of photographs that contemplates the societal expectations of the gender binary in the context of travel. The work considers the intersection of manhood with my transgender identity and examines definitions of masculinity and gender. The American road trip is historically a masculine rite of passage which in my case will never fully come to pass. Discrepancies in imagery throughout the work interrupt the conventional narrative structure of the road trip. Acknowledging that the acquisition of masculinity is a futile act, the journey then becomes a complex act of reconciliation.

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