Date of Award

5-1-2014

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Bursell, Cade

Abstract

This paper is a conceptual, theoretical, and methodological exploration of my MFA thesis project (Dis)connections. My work combines time-based media, objects, and performance into a single installation that represents my struggles with anxiety and my desire to connect with people socially. My work is ultimately about the complexity of the structures of language and communication in all their forms and representations. I draw on research into feminist theory and gender studies as well as cultural theory as a way to ground my work in political and social issues that are continually relevant in Western culture, and to propose that by situating my stories within larger structures of power they have the ability to connect to a wider group of people.

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