Title

Fullness

Date of Award

5-13-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Anthony Craig Drennen

Second Advisor

Serena Perrone

Third Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Kimberly Cleveland

Abstract

Fullness is an exhibition of paintings that manifests self-affirming Blackness separate from a world that is unwilling to engage with it. Blackness refers to the Black racial identity that embodies the collective consciousness of all melanated people. Removed from the confines of enslavement and systemic oppression, Black people become free to edify themselves visually and spiritually. In this body of work, I reimagine and rebuild Black identity with unexpected forms through mixed media paintings. The works employ layers of color and abstracted shapes to represent the Black body not only as an ethnic identity but as a psychological state of being. Fullness establishes a visual framework for Black life by picturing how our world could hold Blackness as sacred and worthy without conditions and limitations.

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