Degree Year

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Art

Advisor(s)

Kristina Paabus
Grayson Earle
Johnny W. Coleman

Keywords

Art, Critical race theory, Sculpture, Basketball, Plaster, Material, Afro-pessimism, Studio practice, Blackness, Race, Pompeii, Internment, Social death

Abstract

This research uses personal and theoretical frameworks to unpack paradoxical notions of Blackness in both it’s political and chromatic understandings as related to my studio practice. Jared Sexton posits the color Black as simultaneously all-consuming and incomprehensible; a necessarily contradictory state. I utilize this concept in addition to material histories that span from Pompeii to modern day New York City and art historical references as foundational explanations of my work. Written in both formal and intimate voices, this text is an extension of my studio practice, situated at the nexus of the realization and subversion of binary states of existence.

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