Title

audience

Date of Graduation

12-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Jeannie Hulen

Committee Member

Injeong Yoon-Ramirez

Second Committee Member

Renata Cassiano Alvarez

Third Committee Member

Linda Lopez

Fourth Committee Member

Adam Hogan

Keywords

binary oppression, transnational, text artwork, connection

Abstract

My work, “audience,” reflects binary oppressions sensed and recognized in my private memory and psychological space of living as a transnational being. Linguistic and sensical cognition I(a vulnerable transnational individual) had, have easily been dis-esteemed and devalued by White-centric epistemology. By confronting the reality of history that shapes my thoughts, performance, names, and meanings, I emphasize transnationality as an opportunity to multiply visual tools, dialogues, and inter-connections of individuals. This work integrates moments of physical connection and accountability by utilizing multidisciplinary expression, including ceramics, writing, sound, and the movements of performers and of the audience. Like an interfusion between artists and viewers (as object and subject or vice versa), which is invisibly bridged through artwork, it is my anticipation that this text transforms into an image of my work, “audience,” as the work transmits into the text. In this work, art becomes a way to communicate the dispersing emotion, thoughts, culture, and time of the maker in infinite ways, comparable to an endless parenthesis for every single vocabulary, space, and punctuation mark.

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