Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
I hope to be as honest as possible. I’m hoping to be the star of the show. This is a series of onanistic musings, a rambling narrative that oscillates between truth and fabrication. There are instances of earnestness paired with ostentatious exaggeration. The frequent leaps from subject to subject, often seemingly unrelated to one another, reflect the ineluctably scatterbrained headspace that dictates how I operate in the studio, in every facet of life. Through this lens of storytelling I delve into a few artists, like Bruce Nauman, and rock and roll musicians, like Lou Reed, who I have been unable to divulge myself of a fixation with. They come to function almost like characters in the anecdotes.
I’m going to tell you a couple of stories. I’m going to talk about myself quite a bit. I have a tendency to embellish, so take it all with a grain of salt. I don’t mean to insinuate that what follows is insincere, but it is glazed with anamneses and illusions. I like to think that through some phantom version or versions of myself I’d do a bit of aggrandizing; I could be the rock star I daydream of. Though sometimes the person playing the fool is a fool.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Scott, Chris, "Encumbered by Stage Fright Or I’m Not Sure Why I Did That" (2020). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 136.