49 and Counting: Reflections on the Domestic Arena
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (eLearning)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Painting
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Painting
Bibliography: pages 65-70.
"The domestic arena is my studio. I engage daily with routines and processes to keep my suburban world afloat. These processes become engrained in my identity and are reflected in the making of my work. Yarn, knick knacks, leftovers, scraps – all are repurposed through mundane activities and then displayed. The domestic arena is the canvas. The machinations that substitute for pleasure – laundry, tidying up, containing, counting, tying up loose ends, fussing, organizing, hanging – are the processes. In 49 and Counting domesticity is distilled through a contemporary and conceptual lens where it is organized, compared and contrasted with rigid structures, and documented as specimens. The historical use of craft materials and salvaged items, as well as the importance of contemporary conceptual practices and processes that quantify and unify the work, are examined as direct influences upon my work. Laundry, weaving, canning, writing, organizing, cleaning, communicating – identity beyond one’s control is created. Echoing the movements of my grandmother and her grandmother before, I enter into the historical conversation of craft to elevate 'women’s work' to fine art."
Keywords: domesticity, installation, yarn, craft, feminism, expanded field, deconstruction, postmodern
CHAIR: Schroeder, Todd
PDF : 74 pages, illustrations (chiefly color)