Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
My thesis exhibition Double Distance is an installation of paintings and sculptures exploring my changing relationship with myself and with my mother as she succumbs to a degenerative brain disease. Through the intersection of surrogate life-size figures made from found objects alongside and within paintings of hugging bodies, the exhibition reveals the simultaneous enmeshment and separation that occurs in caring for my mother. In repeating similar figures within and outside the painted surface, the exhibition reflects on the act of caregiving and the desire to reproduce what is loved and that which has been lost. The works included in the exhibition not only serve as preemptive memorials to my mother, but they also stand as monuments to resilience. The resulting exhibition Double Distance highlights the challenges of holding on and how sculpture and painting can serve as proxies for reconnection.
Tinsley, Victoria, "Double Distance." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2016.