Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

M a m a
by Bartlett, Heidi Kristen, M.F.A., The University of Iowa, 2015, 66; 1601101
Abstract (Summary)

I present my work in five parts. The introduction is devoted to my process and creative evolution, a catalog of sorts, documenting the accumulation of ideas, objects, projects and events that make up my artistic practice. The second section Mama, is an anecdotal reflection on how and where I find truth in experiences and relationships outside the traditional studio practice. The third section You is a continued narrative incident that helps explain and contextualize my non-normative perspective as a person and as a maker. The fourth section Make will analyze my thesis exhibition Hey Mama, Diana, Where You At? The final section Magic will propose the propulsion of my work into the future through radical tenderness and the body.

The arrangement of this thesis is chronological with a photo essay influence. My intent is not only to capture finished work, but also illuminate my process. To do this I have married text and image to enhance the experience each reader has engaging in my world.

Drawing from interdisciplinary sources my work focuses on natural processes, the body, and how we orient ourselves within hegemonic social and political landscapes. Often searching to locate myself, I experiment with the potential of environments as conduits for performance and sculptural interventions. Enticed by the relationships between the body and its surroundings my work seeks to understand gender, race, and corporeality through endurance, games, and gesture.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kanouse, Sarah
Commitee: Barbuzza, Isabel, Kowal, Rebekah, White, Susan, Winet, Jon
School: The University of Iowa
Department: Art
School Location: United States -- Iowa
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Fine arts, Performing Arts
Keywords: Drawing, Intermedia, Performance art, Sculpture, Video
Publication Number: 1601101
ISBN: 978-1-339-11639-6
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