Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
My statement is that women in poverty are now, as in the past, in circumstances of exclusion within the feminist struggle. This exclusion is mirrored in various cultural movements and milieus. I see my performance work as a vehicle to express the emotions of women in class struggle. This has taken center stage with the return of the political (Trump, etc.). My work gives emotion and lived experience primacy to assert the unique subjectivity of working-class and poor women. This pays homage to the women who were relegated to the backdrop of modernist art.
I will compare my lived experience with academic art movements that inform my art making and performance work. It is through the legacy of artist such as Carolee Schneemann and Ana Mendieta that personal narrative has become a tool in my work. My lived experience from underground punk culture embraces shock and the grotesque. My study of feminist and body art movements has brought validity to my performances and my statements concerning lower class women living in poverty. I believe in hope and with the healing properties of emotion our stereotypes will be dismantled.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Tucker, Anna Maria, "The Lost Voices of Women in Poverty and Feminist Discorse" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 94.