Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
My work investigates the history of production and how human interactions have been affected by shifts in production over the course of the past two hundred years in the United States: the pre-industrial, Industrial Revolution, and the post-industrial age. The changes that occurred in society as a result of how production shifted from era to era informs my artistic practice and productions, which address areas neglected in the wake of progress. At the onset of each era, the technological advances initially appeared to be beneficial to society and people shifted from being locally oriented to being globally oriented.
My historical research has inspired me to create new fragments that anticipate, dedicate, and monumentalize sites of former production and interaction. I do not see my work as existing in a single time, but rather a compression of the eras that changed the place. My works are non-linear historically based sculptural markers that remain on the sites I explore. The pieces and the sites engage people that live and work in areas selected and it is my intent to spur conversations about the state of the area. If it were not for artists, some of these issue and others like it may never have been brought to the surface for society to address.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
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