Date of Award

8-10-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Jill Frank

Second Advisor

Jeremy Bolen

Third Advisor

Craig Dongoski

Fourth Advisor

Katherine Cunningham

Abstract

Everything and Nothing is an exhibition of auto-biographical narratives embodied by immersive installations of intermedia assemblages. I display compositions of my personal documents and accumulated ephemera allow their audience to inhabit my experience in a way that evokes multi-dimensional sensation. Through nuanced engagement with media, personal accounts, vision, interpretation, and memory. Everything and Nothing is not a self-indulgent tell-all and certainly not an act of bravery for the sake of showmanship. My relentless exposition of information and exhaustion of access to memory is necessary in order to see beyond it. My seen to its furthest extent makes absence observable. A phantom-limb suspicion catalyzed an excavation of selfhood and being, done in the hopes of generating what my observable absence articulates with its abstraction. The work defies social conservatism and appropriateness to give form to unknowable abstraction.

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