Date of Award

5-11-2018

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Jess Jones

Second Advisor

Kathryn Wilson

Third Advisor

Joe Peragine

Fourth Advisor

Pam Longobardi

Abstract

Dwelling on Things is an exhibition of fabricated and found material that embraces the world inside my head, my domestic life, and the world at large. As the title implies, I have been dwelling on things in every sense, which manifests as a non-linear and personal understanding of time and place and is presented within the context of spaces in the home. Derived from a number of contributing factors, though I am most conscious of the effects of trauma, grief, and the deep sadness associated with postpartum depression, the autobiographical content is an amalgamation of these coinciding experiences. The sum total of these life events has not created this work, but rather, it reflects being pulled in and out of different realities and placed into others simultaneously. I have come to think of these moments as existing in multiple geographic locations, emotional states, and different points in time at once.

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