Title

M A M A

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree

Summer 2015

Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)

Degree In

Art

First Advisor

Sarah Kanouse

Abstract

I present my work in five parts. The introduction is devoted to my process and creative evolution, a catalog of sorts, documenting the accumulation of ideas, objects, projects and events that that make up my artistic practice. The second section 'Mama,' is an anecdotal reflection on how and where I find truth in experiences and relationships outside the traditional studio practice. The third section 'You' is a continued narrative incident that helps explain and contextualize my non-normative perspective as a person and as a maker. The fourth section 'Make' will analyze my thesis exhibition "Hey Mama, Diana, Where You At?" The final section 'Magic' will propose the propulsion of my work into the future through radical tenderness and the body.

The arrangement of this thesis is chronological with a photo essay influence. My intent is not only to capture finished work, but also illuminate my process. To do this I have married text and image to enhance the experience each reader has engaging in my world.

Drawing from interdisciplinary sources my work focuses on natural processes, the body, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. Often searching to locate myself, I experiment with the potential of environments as conduits for performance and sculptural interventions. Enticed by the relationships between the body and its surroundings my work seeks to understand gender, race, and corporeality through endurance, games, and gesture.

Public Abstract

I present my work in five parts. The introduction is devoted to my process and creative evolution, a catalog of sorts, documenting the accumulation of ideas, objects, projects and events that make up my artistic practice. The second section Mama, is an anecdotal reflection on how and where I find truth in experiences and relationships outside my traditional studio practice. The third section You is another anecdote that helps explain and contextualize my non-normative perspective as a person and as a maker. The fourth section Make will analyze my thesis exhibition Hey Mama, Diana, Where You At? The final section Magic will propose the propulsion of my work into the future through radical tenderness and the body.

The arrangement of this thesis is chronological with a photo essay influence. My intent is not only to capture finished work, but also to illuminate my process. To do this I have married text and image to enhance the experience each reader has engaging in my world.

Drawing from interdisciplinary sources my work focuses on natural processes, the body, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. Often searching to locate myself, I experiment with the potential of environments as conduits for performance and sculptural interventions. Enticed by the relationships between the body and its surroundings my work seeks to understand gender, race, and corporeality through endurance, games, and gesture.

Keywords

publicabstract, Drawing, Intermedia, Performance Art, Sculpture, Video

Pages

viii, 56 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (page 56).

Comments

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Copyright

Copyright 2015 Heidi Kristen Bartlett

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