Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2019

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

Thesis

Abstract

The State of Florida is under threat from the effects of climate change. Rising sea levels are creeping up on to Florida’s coast, eroding the beaches and encroaching on heavily populated cities. Over my lifetime I will watch the water spill over the streets of my home town. I will watch the water flood the Everglades, pushing saltwater into freshwater habitats. I will watch the water begin to drown the state, taking Florida’s many little known histories along with it. This thesis serves as a document of Floridian life during the Anthropocene.

Within this thesis, I tell the story of nature and Queerness in the State of Florida. Nature and Queerness are in direct relation to one another. Appearing to exist as two parallels, nature and Queer folks often reflect each other. Both are under constant threat from the actions and inactions of people. Using craft-based techniques, like papier mache and embroidery, I tell these stories through historical facts, personal narratives, and possibilities for the future. Specifically those that have shaped me into the person I am today.

Language

English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Thesis Advisor

Heather Bennett

Studio/Primary Advisor

Lisa Bulawsky

Studio/Primary Advisor

Monika Weiss

Committee Member

Denise Ward-Brown

Committee Member

Brandon Anschultz

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