Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Many have taken part in the act of flanerie, however, many have fallen victim to the flaneur; “the flaneur is the man who indulges in flanerie…”. I am perpetually followed by the male gaze. I am a flaneuse, a surveyor of my surroundings at all times. “Outsider/insider is a border the flaneuse must skirmish on constantly, if only with herself.”
This thesis is a first hand account of my negative experiences that are generated by the many flaneurs of sexualized culture and lustful society. It is an analysis of the paintings I have created as a result of these experiences. The paintings serve as visual records of the vulnerability, fear, anxiety, and psychological distress evoked from my encounters, the majority of which that take place within the city of Saint Louis.
Painting is a medium of retribution. I use it as retaliation and as a means to alleviate anxiety and anger brought on by my experience as a flaneuse. I narrate past and present incidents and my psychological reactions, by performance, followed by photography and painting, towards representation. This thesis is my attempt to discuss my role of perpetrator and victim, simultaneously, in my painting practice.
 The Flaneur. Edited by Keith Tester: New York, NY: Routledge, 1994. 1
 Ibid, 7.
 Helen Scalway, “The Contemporary Flaneuse”, in The Invisible Flaneuse?:Gender, Public Space and Visual Culture in Nineteenth Century Paris, ed. Aruna D’Souza and Tom McDonough. (Manchester, NY: Manchester University Press, 2006), 165.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Tarr, Maggie, "My City Limits" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 93.