Date of Award
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
The purpose of this essay is to understand how I, as a visual artist, understand and utilize the fold. I will trace the many ways in which a fold functions, oscillating between my own practice and those of other contemporary artists, including Orlan and Shana Moulton. From twentieth century baroque to spiritual cleansing, theatrical staging to suggestive metonymy, the fold invites the desire to transform—for something more than what the everyday offers. Through photography, video, or sculpture, we have the ability to express an expanded, more accurate understanding of the real and the virtual, the human and the nonhuman. For theoretical support I look to the theories of Gilles Deleuze, Leibniz, and Graham Harman.
Wells, Madeline, "Into the Fold: Deleuze, Desire, and Art" (2015). Undergraduate Theses—Unrestricted. 48.