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Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
As a multidisciplinary artist, I draw attention to our disconnect from the natural world. My work seeks to restore that connection through movement and sound. In this thesis, I discuss how I use movement and sound to create affective experiences that sensitize viewers to the world around them. The camera is my primary artistic tool. I take on the role of director, cinematographer, editor, choreographer, performer, and soundtrack composer to create my video art. Through my work, I transform the ordinary spaces we inhabit into theatrical settings for storytelling, intertwining the familiar with the uncanny.
Nature is one of my primary sources of inspiration. The concept of “nature” has been widely debated over the years by philosophers and scientists alike. Still, humans continue to feed the delusion that they reign over the natural world. I align my understanding of nature with ecologists and biologists such as Rachel Carson. The idea that humans can control nature is dangerous. The idea that humans can exist separate from nature is equally dangerous. My work calls attention to our disconnect from the natural environment and gently reminds us, myself included, that we are part of a world that exists beyond walls and screens.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Velez, Alexa, "Restoring Connection" (2021). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 151.
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