Date of Award

5-3-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Nancy Floyd

Second Advisor

Constance Thalken

Third Advisor

Jill Frank

Fourth Advisor

Matthew Sugarman

Abstract

The Feeling of Being OK is an exhibition of appropriated imagery from unknown abandoned collections. Using the tension found in the enigmatic aspects of these materials, I investigate the fragility of the photograph and its capacity to fabricate memory and narrative. Designed to be a meditation on William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying, this series focuses on themes including empathy and indifference, instability of identity, and life’s inevitable fate. By incorporating found materials such as vernacular objects and text into the installation, the potential for meaning is broadened. The work is installed in constellations or vignettes, allowing for metaphorical and poetic readings of the newly recontextualized material.

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