Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Ten-der-ness. The title of this document defines the word, because one can easily forget all the meanings of a word. To be tender is to be compassionate and kind but also can mean to be in pain. “The quality of being easy to cut or chew” is my favorite definition; because to me that says that to be tender makes you vulnerable to being swallowed by reality. It’s a common saying that without suffering we would never know compassion but, within tenderness, compassion and suffering exist simultaneously in a ten letter word. Within my thesis I am exploring tenderness through material and thinking of this vulnerability as a transformative power which is key to a complex reading of the feminine. Each section begins with a different poem of mine that corresponds with the titles, concepts, influences, and work discussed. I begin with a dream that connects myself into the work through biography, language, and an ethereal and emotional connection. One section examines the influence of Agnes Martin and her writings, while talking about the importance of my own poems. The sections that follow dive into the material and process of the work, the curtains, the Belly pieces, and the gestural gravity pieces, as well as, the influences of literature, color, and feminism. Overall this document produces a tender portrait of my practice.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Jasin, Brittany, "Ten-der-ness" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 81. https://doi.org/10.7936/K79885G5.