Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Decolonizing Chicana art: The work of Santa C. Barraza, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Alma López
by Leal, Damaris, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2014, 117; 1527971
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis is an attempt to begin decolonizing common perceptions about Chicana art and demonstrates that Chicana art, itself, can contribute to intellectual decolonization. By decolonization I mean identifying oppressive forms of thinking, examining their structure, and modifying them in order to accept and reach egalitarianism. To better understand this process I consider the theories of Chela Sandoval, Gloria Anzaldúa, Emma Pérez, Stuart Hall, and Gauvin Alexander Bailey. What follows is an analysis of how Santa C. Barraza, Amalia Mesa-Bains, and Alma López implement such theories in their artwork. I focus on one piece by each artist: Cihuateteo con Coyolxauhqui y la Guadalupana (1996), Venus Envy Chapter I: First Holy Communion Moments Before the End (1993), and Our Lady (1999), respectively.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Paquette, Catha
Commitee: Kleinfelder, Karen, Sandoval, Anna M.
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Art Criticism, Art history
Keywords: Barraza, Santa, Chicana art, Chicano art, Lopez, Alma, Mesa-Bains, Amalia, Sandoval, Chela
Publication Number: 1527971
ISBN: 978-1-303-98495-2
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