Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
We have many tools available to impede violence against women. Legislative circles, educational systems, and advocacy groups all work tirelessly to eradicate these heinous crimes and serve the victims of abuse. However violence against women is still described as “‘the most pervasive human rights challenge’ in the world today”.1
For some it can be difficult to view socially engaged art making as an essential component of women’s advocacy compared to immediate housing, legal counsel, help hotlines, and the education of women. Blurring the lines between activism and art history, this relatively new art form is often embraced by marginalized societies who have utilized it to forge alternative pathways with the labyrinth of our cultural constructs.
Community based artworks counteract these systems and have crucial influence on how we perceive violence against women and therefore how we re-act in response. This thesis is an examination of the epidemic of violence against women, specifically it’s intersection with rurality and how a socially engaged art practice can act as a communal vehicle for advocacy, intervention, and healing.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Jen Colten Schmidt
Douglas, Kathryn, "Violence Against Women: An Artistic Intervention" (2014). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 15. https://doi.org/10.7936/K73R0QR9.