Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
In this thesis, I compile a series of fragments consisting an analysis of my artwork in the gendered contexts of landscape, self-identity, mythology, and philosophy. I develop my concept of a “queer mark” in my art that serves as a form of queering, a disruption of visual and conceptual cohesion. I form a picture of how our contemporary selves are influenced by our gendered understanding of the landscape through the analysis of philosophical, artistic, and mythological concepts of creation. I see my sculptures as an atlas to an alternative means of understanding identity, a queering of these historical and exclusionary means of making identity. My focus on using alchemical processes of ceramics and geological material to represent an ever-becoming identity ties my sculptures to the landscape and subterranean world of our origins.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Knight, Sarah, "Crystal Queer: Fracturing the Binaries of Matter, Creation, and Landscape" (2020). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 133.
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