Title

HOME/SICK

Date of Award

5-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Art

First Advisor

Neal W. Cox

Second Advisor

Lauren Selden

Third Advisor

Amanda Breitbach

Fourth Advisor

Wilma Cordova

Abstract

This paper is a supporting document that discusses the conceptual and technical aspects of the artworks in the accompanying exhibition, HOME/SICK. The work in the exhibition consists of selections from different series of work that are inspired by related subject matter. The content driving the work responds to anecdotal experiences of people living in communities near oil refineries and chemical processing plants and how events at these facilities affect their way of life. Many times, these are communities of color which strive to voice concerns and protect homes from harmful toxins. In one series, original and appropriated imagery serves as a foundation for screen printed and collaged elements, creating a layered image that is shown behind reclaimed windows. Another series consists of editions of monoprints made from plastic shopping bags. Single use plastics are petroleum-based products with a variety of chemical compounds added to bestow useful material properties. They are easily used, discarded, and forgotten. We forget or intentionally ignore some of the harmful consequences of their mass manufacture and disposal.

This paperis a supporting document that discusses the conceptual and technical aspects of the artworks in the accompanyingexhibition, HOME/SICK. The work in the exhibition consists of selections from different series of work that are inspired by related subject matter. The content driving the work responds to anecdotal experiences of people living in communities near oil refineries and chemical processing plants and how events at these facilities affect their way of life. Many times, these are communities of color which strive to voice concerns and protect homes from harmful toxins. In one series, original and appropriated imagery serves as a foundation for screenprinted and collaged elements, creating a layered image that is shown behind reclaimed windows. Another series consists of editions of monoprints made from plastic shopping bags. Single use plastics are petroleum-based products with a variety of chemical compounds added to bestow useful material properties. They are easily used, discarded, and forgotten.[GU1] [Bf2] We forget or intentionally ignore some of the harmful consequences of their mass manufacture and disposal.

If you don't mention it here, it would be worth mentioning that petroleum products make the bags as well. [GU1]

[Bf2]Added here, but also in the introduction.

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