Date of Award

12-1-2017

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Needham, Jay

Abstract

This paper breaks down my process of transitioning to a new environment through ethnographic documentation. Through the progression of my creative work, I explore the various ways in which I express my own internal feelings through my art. By expressing an alienation within a foreign country in a multitude of filmic ways, these depictions help illustrate my mental and physical journey. My work is informed by psychoanalytic theory and I am most influenced by Jacques Lacan and Sigmund Freud. These theories help me understand the human condition and how I create media art to help me come to terms with my surroundings. Another part of my influence is the genre of ethnographic film, and in my use of this style, I attempt to portray the isolation that I’ve experienced as an American citizen while living in Ankara, Turkey. Many contemporary artists have influenced my approach to the post-production treatment of my ethnographic footage such as David Lynch and the Propeller Group. In addition to a summary of these influences, I discuss the thesis exhibition and my plans for the future.

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