Date of Graduation

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Sam King

Committee Member

Sean Morrissey

Second Committee Member

Marc Mitchell

Third Committee Member

Dylan DeWitt

Fourth Committee Member

Ana Pulido-Rull

Abstract

Contemporary art is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental; it becomes more and more trans-border, as life itself. Nowadays, people live in the world, where their beliefs, ideas, politics, and religion are constantly colliding. The more people expand boundaries and develop connections, the more complex and tangled our society becomes as a system.

FRAGmentality presents a set of mixed media pieces incorporating painting, weaving, embroidery and three-dimensional elements dedicated to these contradictions in the modern society. It deals with structures within social relations and human nature.

Being a representative of a small indigenous ethnic group called Udmurts, Elena Volkova has always been interested in the astonishing correlation between one’s ability to segregate from the others and, at the same time, the instinctive desire to belong to a group, which is indissolubly bounded with the idea of home and belonging. The show investigates the complexity and fragmentation of human memory and perception through personal multicultural experience.

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