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Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Restricted Access Thesis
Feelings are Facts.
“A Conversation to Hold | The Intimacy of Performance” is in the form of an imagined conversation between self-as-artist and self-as-inquisitor (a.k.a. my conscience).
Kellie Spano invites the reader to embrace an empathetic model through a creative practice built on the physicality of embodiment. A deep commitment to performance allows Spano to negotiate female desire, sexuality and beauty through the media of film and photography. Invoking feminist models such as Audre Lorde and Leigh Bowery alongside theoretical writing by Lauren Berlant, Hélène Cixous and Celine Condorelli, Spano asserts her claims. This thesis-as-dialogue delves into empathy through vulnerability, solidarity, and presence to awaken that within us that feels -- ultimately asking its readers to try a little tenderness.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Spano, Kellie, "A Conversation to Hold | The Intimacy of Performance" (2015). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 49. https://doi.org/10.7936/K71R6NQP.
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