Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
My thesis paper will explore my artistic practice by analyzing my thesis video project,Her Anticipation. I will accomplish this by examining three main topics: The essential elements of the video, the video’s relationship to my earlier work, and a discussion of the video and its structure with representative examples.
The first essential element of the video springs from my relationship with my husband, especially the aspect of the relationship that is tied up with our nearly forty-year age difference. The second element is my personal experience filtered through a deep reading of Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. The third element that I discuss is the thinking behind my cultivation of a personal voice in the medium of video.
The thesis’ second main topic recounts my earlier work and its connection to my current video project. I began my artistic career with analog photography. Photography gave me training in composition and camera work. My early video work prepared me for composing moving images, camera motion, and editing. Most importantly, my shorter videos allowed me to experiment with creating nontraditional, uncoerced narratives.
In the third section of my thesis I guide the reader through each of the four chapters of my video. For each chapter, I summarize the relevant passage in The Faerie Queene and then unpack that chapter of video. For each chapter, I discuss individual shots, sequence of shots, composition, and content. More importantly, I elaborate on the underlying emotional structure of the video (which the musical selections and literary excerpts help to articulate).
I conclude my thesis by outlining a few of the implications that this project has for my work as an artist. My own artistic personality has been greatly clarified by working on Her Anticipation. Furthermore, the project has helped me imagine the trajectory of my future production. I will continue to create video works in this pattern, and they will be much advanced because of the experience that I have had creating this video.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Rozencohn, Cora, "Her Anticipation" (2019). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 129.