Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Salcedo, Elisa, M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2011, 11; 1499209
Abstract (Summary)

My MFA thesis exhibition is an unconventional collection of figure drawings delicately rendered with ballpoint pen and ink on prepared wood panels. Notions of human superiority and societal dissonance about self-destruction inspire the work. Drawing from thinkers such as Daniel Quinn, Vandana Shiva and Julia Kristeva, I investigate our tendency to deny human extinction as a way to rationalize individual and collective acts of destruction. To counter myths of individual autonomy, my work contains symbols of inherent interdependency and impact between humans and the world, such as heads connected through hair. I emphasize images of avoidant facial expressions and physical rejection (through vomit) of human connection. In the end, I hope my work visually depicts human dilemma and contradiction concerning our environmental and social behavior as a species. My pieces are deliberately constructed of non-archival materials, vulnerable to time and decay, reflecting the reality and potential of human mortality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Grey, Jennifer J.
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 50/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Fine arts
Keywords: Drawing, Original artwork
Publication Number: 1499209
ISBN: 978-1-124-85263-8
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