Five 18-Minute Graduate Presentations
Thursday, March 09 - 4:00PM to 5:40PM
家 (Home/Family/Name), Jia Wang
家 is a multimedia site-specific installation comprised of video, sculpture, collage, and photographs. In presenting this work, I share my visual inquiry into trauma, personal story telling, and the ways personal and cultural experiences of family feed artistic vision. 家 explores the domestic violence that is prevalent in typical Chinese family structures and the complex cultural formations that result. Here, I approach traumatic memories from both a personal and cultural perspective. Material choices in the installation tie together these perspectives. Through 家, I transform the unspoken traumatic memories and complicated familial and cultural relationships into an aesthetic experience.
Come to Selfhood, Joshua Rashaad McFadden
Joshua Rashaad McFadden presents his recently published work "Come to Selfhood." This series and book explores Black male identity, masculinity, and notions about the father figure. "Come to Selfhood" provides a frame of reference that visually articulates the numerous identities of young Black men. By delving into ideas of history, role models, varied experiences, and how these elements shaped the identity, "Come to Selfhood" makes the previously invisible Black man, accurately and meaningfully visible.
Once There Was There Wasn't, Svetlana Bailey
Using still life techniques, I make photographs that combine and rephotograph objects with images, either from my past or encountered in daily life. I'm interested in the grammar of perception, the construction of a scene beginning with images and objects, its translation through a camera's pictorial perspective, and its reconstruction onto a picture plane and sense of story. That I interfere with the spaces before me is evident, through joins, edges or surfaces, or nonsensical perspectives or scale, and it's clear they are recreated--the truth of looking in a different direction.
Life on the Seesaw: Balancing Family and Photography, Matt Eich
This presentation will focus on the ways I have often failed, and occasionally succeeded, at the constant balancing act of being an independent photographer and a husband, father, brother, and son. I can speak about the shift of consciously turning the camera on my own family and on myself, putting our life under the microscope at a time full of change and pain. The premise of this presentation is that challenges always lie ahead and that we would do well to consider how to creatively approach the juggling match that is family and making art.
What My Mother Left Me: Capturing the Truth in Tragedy, Christina Kellum
Christina Kellum's What My Mother Left Me is a large series explored through multiple mediums and contemplation. A large part of the series includes photographing the solemn interior spaces of her parents’ home during a time of denial, heartache, and independence where Christina ventured into creating formal compositions on the narratives between relationships and the places we inhabit.
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