Date of Award

Spring 5-2019

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



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.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Buzz Spector

Studio/Primary Advisor

Heather Bennett

Studio/Primary Advisor

Lisa Bulawsky

Committee Member

Rhaisa Williams

Committee Member

Rhaisa Williams

Artist's Statement

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