Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Rupture repeats without regard. Occurring on macro and micro scales, these historical, financial, and social upheavals continue throughout our lives, remaking our worlds and leaving us to respond as best we can. Rupture is a condition of human existence. For marginalized communities and Black Americans specifically, rupture is familiar and precarious. Historically, Black people respond to the space that rupture makes through a rigorous, interdisciplinary, creative tradition which serves as a strategy for survival and a way to produce and transmit knowledge. These methods of knowledge production exist in excess of formal training and are evident of quiet and expansive interior lives that defy reductive tropes of representation.
As an artist, who is also a woman, Black, and Queer, my own ruptures repeat. I use rupture as a conceptual framework for my practice, letting it guide my thinking and treatment of material. The official record, our institutions and disciplines will always fail us in the redress of rupture. I look to quiet and interior ways that everyday Black folks have worked and lived in the face of rupture. In this thesis, I examine my creative work through the lens of rupture and unpack ideas of knowledge production, interiority, quiet, and care.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Everett, Jennifer, "The Rupture Repeats" (2019). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 126. https://doi.org/10.7936/qwf8-sg96.