Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Art and Design
Ryan Henderson Crooks
Yours Truly MF is both the title of this exhibition and the identity through which I create and share my work. At its root is a query of the role and function of art and artist. This work is the fruition of my journey to come to terms with being a contemporary artist working in ceramics by examining the visual vocabulary of my art as product and the aesthetic of affluence in which it may exist. By creating context for my work; art objects, digital media and technology function as equalizers, subverting contemporary ideals of wealth and exclusivity. Fine art is a luxury. In luxury is quality, an exemplifier of our greatest potential, yet its commodification and exclusiveness can be base and at times even vulgar. My goal with Yours Truly MF is to embrace those contradictions and celebrates what it is to be crude but classy.
florence, michelle e. and Florence, Michelle E., "Yours Truly MF." Thesis, Georgia State University, 2018.