Date of Graduation

5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Rana Young

Committee Member

Zora J. Murff

Second Committee Member

Loring Taoka

Third Committee Member

Rebecca Morgan

Keywords

archive, authenticity, contemporary art, digital art, photography, queer theory, transgender

Abstract

My fixation on water as metaphor is a product of my cosmic design; Scorpio sun, Pisces moon, Pisces rising. I am made of water, begging to be held. Anything liquid has this same desire. I use my art practice to examine the fluidity of physical and digital spaces; how they transform almost constantly. This is only possible through the use of containers that give form to abstract ideas and make them easier to drink (read: digest). Containers can vary in size and shape, but their purpose remains the same. A drinking glass, a swimming pool, a creek bed. These are containers for water. But a body, a gallery, and an art institution are containers of a different kind.

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