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    • Adorned with rattles: meditations on indigenous sonorism, communal healing, and nature : MFA Thesis - Photography and Related Media

      Miranda-Rivadeneira, Koyoltzintli (2022-05)
      Grounded in Indigenous ontologies, Latinx anthropology and nepantla, I seek to understand the sonic and oral traditions that have populated the Americas for millennia as a way to repair, reclaim and reimagine temporalities of healing and to tell stories across time and space. I gaze at the night sky the way my ancestors did, to inquire about how to make sense of the world and ultimately connect with them and their stubborn capacity to survive within us. I re-construct pre-Columbian instruments that have been locked away in museums, reclaiming their sounds and sovereignty. Through this act, my body becomes a vessel for the most primal creative force. I perform so that we may reaffirm our connection to the earth. To adorn these instruments and to turn them into ceremonial objects, I use achiote, mango leaves, shells, tobacco string, and iridescent pigment that reminds me of the skies in the coast of Ecuador, the ancestral homelands of my ancestors who played these instruments. My work is the past and future conjugated in the present. By reclaiming we remember; by remembering we heal. I imagine how sounds and rituals can restore a subjective-geographic relation to living systems and engage with intersectional technologies that can dismantle imperialism and ecological degradation in order to tend to the earth and heal mutually.
    • Dark garden: MFA Thesis - Photography and Related Media

      Hardin, Jackson (2022-05)
      Dark Garden tells a story in images taken from my own experiences, images that communicate the murky interrelations of between people and the complex systems of life we are a part of, using art as a means of relaying these ideas and feelings telepathically to the viewer, a process ecocritical theorist Timothy Morton calls "spooky action at a distance" (Morton, 81). The images depict things I'm afraid to lose: people, places, environments, experiences, possibilities. The project describes how the body carries the anxiety associated with an uncertain climate future, and how the tension of premature grieving for imagined futures, vanishing species, and dying forests surfaces between people and their environments.
    • Bloom: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

      Wells, Avery (2022-05)
      I create expressive, colorful vessels and botanical sculptures that complicate the relationship between surface and form. Beginning with historic wallpaper patterns that evoke feminine domestic spaces, I repetitively rework motifs from these sources into illustrations and ceramic objects. I imagine these patterns being squeezed out into space through my hands, peeling themselves off the walls they originated from and taking three-dimensional form. As my work confronts the viewer in the round, I imagine it taking on a life of its own, developing a personality and vibrant agency. I feel that I am able to collaborate with my sculptures, seeking an escape from the historic standards that have been applied to women and their creative work. However, I am also seeking the joy and comfort that can be found by embracing the decorative and elements of my own femininity.
    • Slippery spaceIsI: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Coker, Funlola (2022-05)
      As an immigrant from Lagos, Nigeria, I recall our family's past in place and time, and I am drawn to construct spaces that connect me to these lost memories. Through objects, we are able to transport our minds to a specific place or time. Although this body of work is born from my personal experience, the concept of displacement, loss and longing is familiar to so many. This is the basis of my research for Slippery Spacelsl - an installation of transportive objects that consider time travel, nostalgia, and what we rebuild in our minds when loss overwhelms. The viewer is invited to walk through this constructed space and engage these abstract objects.
    • Plain sight: MFA Thesis - Sculpture

      Houssart, Emilie (2022-05)
      Colonizer legacies in the contemporary Hudson Valley landscape: addressing commerce culture in food systems and the home through absurdist interventions.
    • $P4RKL3 FiLTH CLOUD NiN3 queerness of the in between: MFA Thesis - Metal  

      Bee, Sulo (2022-05)
      Remembering the smell of a particular place, the soft touch of another, the repetition of mending a broken relationship, or the painful things that have led to the present-these are the bricks I need to lay the foundation for the self-made protective place I call $P4RKLE FiLTH CLOUD NiN3. Shrouded in the protective reimagining of identity, I explore my environment searching for street treasures and imagery in plain sight. I am a hunter and gatherer of the unresolved and forgotten. Decoding my surroundings, findings and lived experiences, I reassemble them to develop a new visual language, a space for solace reflecting the queerness of the inbetween.
    • Birds, buttons, brontosauruses, and belugas: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

      Hunt, Elizabeth (2022-05)
      I collect things that drive my curiosity; a small selection of those items inspired this body of work. Handmade and repurposed materials merge with printmaking and transform into books that invite the viewer to consider the possibility that flea market finds and lost buttons can hold a bit of joy and wonder. My curios gain new life as soft floral dinosaurs dealing with bullying, an industrious bird building a fashion empire, a desire to hoard things that might be useful, and a somewhat conflicting eBay listing.
    • Mobility blues: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Bodnar, Mick (2022-05)
      The paintings in this project share common thematic and aesthetic threads, though each work comes from a different angle. The mark making, palette, and relative scale will announce them as being of the same hand. The variety in compositions, points of view, and focal points will allow for a stimulating juxtaposition of images - inviting a close reading from the viewer to find the common threads.
    • Mining the ocean: MFA Thesis - Metal

      Jeong, Dawoon (2022-05)
      Following an evolution of the fishing industry, my tool collections have been created as emblematic objects of human consumerism. My fabricated works draw curiosity with the refined metal objects themselves, but they also incite a sense of danger with sharp lines and points indicating that human consumerism is dangerous and harmful to the environment. My research has focused on the inevitable extinction of the voiceless sea creatures that are rapidly becoming endangered due to human activities. I examine how metals have been used in human history, how they have been wielded toward animals and the environment and I have reinterpreted these tools and weapons through the perspective of an artist. I invite the audience to explore the relationship between self, tools, and the fragile natural world, and to consider the direction in which we will make history on this planet.
    • Freezing time: ice as a metaphor to duration in performance art: MFA Thesis - Sculpture

      Dotan, Lital (2022-05)
      We are in 2022, in the Hudson Valley, NY. I have been a performance artist for over two decades now, and in my current performance work I am freezing time, metaphorically, yet also very much physically. In this text I examine phenomenological aspects in performance- I look at Bergson's idea of materiality in time, Heidegger's idea of object-at-hand (with a focus on it's sound), and ideas of repetition in performance. I will also look at artists who addressed the temporality and quality of ice, as a weather art movement beginning in the Fluxus well into contemporary examples. The questions that inspire this research are trifold, as an open letter to performance and it's addressees: Can time as duration be made visible, for example: ice?; What infrastructure(s) can support time-based performance, for example: mold making?; Can a performance archive be a process-based mechanism, for example: buckets?
    • The role of culture, attachment style, and parenting style in predicting estrangements

      Patel, Jenny (2022-05)
      Social estrangements have negative effects on people's emotion and social lives (Geher et al 2019). The current research is designed to shed light on this general issue to help us better understand the predictors of estrangements. Participants of at least 18 years in age were surveyed in both the United States and in India. A Qualtrics survey was used to collect data from participants. It measured their attachment styles, perception of their parents' parenting styles, cultural orientation, and estrangement history. To obtain the sample, recruitment methods included advertising the Qualtrics survey link on social media, SUNY New Paltz Psychology Subject Pool, and MTurk. A total of 434 (India = 119, US = 315) participants took part (M = 25.82, SD= 8.073). Results are in line with the hypotheses. Although culture is not significantly con-elated with estrangements in this study, there are cultural differences in the number of estrangements one has. Estrangements are negatively con-elated with Authoritative Parenting style, positively correlated with Authoritarian Parenting style, positively correlated with Ambivalent Attachment style, and negatively correlated with Secure Attachment style. Based on these results, the current research concludes that culture, parenting styles, and attachment styles are predictors of estrangements. Implications of this research and future directions are discussed.
    • Displacement and emplacement: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Rivas, Gregg (2022-05)
      My work explores the experiences of immigration, geographical displacement, uprootedness, and acculturation through abstraction. My production is influenced by surrealist automatism where I suppress conscious control over the making process, allowing my unconscious mind to have greater dominance than logical, figurative control. Thus, my creative process captures the simplicity of objects, shapes, and landscapes using texture, dimensionality, and movement that do not attempt to represent a specific depiction of a visual reality, but that altogether evoke curiosity and wondering in the viewers where they assign basic meanings and interpretations to what is observed.
    • Cultures of mentorship: a qualitative investigation of peer mentorship during high school in the US and Japan

      Hankour, Kamil (2022-05)
      Despite the known benefits of mentorship, little is known about informal peer mentoring relationships in the high school context, and even less is known about how those relationships manifest in different cultures. This qualitative study sought to shed light on this topic by administering a survey designed to tap key concepts related to informal peer mentorship in high school to fourteen participants, seven in the US and seven in Japan. Themes relating to instrumentality/socio-emotionality, responsibility, hierarchy, and benefits from these relationships in each sample are discussed, as well as cultural differences and similarities in how these concepts emerge. Japanese participants described relationships that were consistently instrumental or socio-emotional, while American participants often had relationships that shifted between these categories. Regardless of country of origin, most participants preferred to describe their relationships as egalitarian. Responsibilities differed based on the perceived social role of the participant and their mentor within each cultural context. Participants in both samples described a variety of benefits derived from their mentorships. Implications and future directions for this line of research are discussed.
    • Internal bodies: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Synnett, Amber (2022-05)
      Anatomy, infections, surgery, and healing are the subjects of this work. From exposure to the treatment room of my mother's veterinary practice, I have seen two sides of bodily trauma: injury and recovery. I translate trauma into healing through painting, drawing, printmaking, and digital manipulation. The works are interior theaters of bulbous and carnal-looking forms, at times uncannily familiar. I expose the internal dynamics of the body to encourage viewers to reflect on their own relationship to physical trauma.
    • Cantaloupe kingdom

      Camilleri, Peter (2022-05)
      Maurice Morrigan lives and works on an organic farm owned by Anselmo, in the Pang Yang, a historic misnomer in the Hudson Valley. The Black Creek runs through the farm and creates highly fertile soil, compromised by weeds, flooded irrigation ditches, beaver dams, and storms. Maurice gives all his energy to maintaining the farm, despite its cost on his social life and Anselmo's antagonistic dismissiveness.
    • Anti-thesis: the new rhetoric of Jim W. Corder

      Thomas, Kevin (2022-05)
      Unfortunately, Jim W. Corder passed away in August of 1998. But, as I hope will be apparent by the end of this paper, he put more of himself into his writing than most writers of academic prose. And, as I hope will be apparent by the end of this paper, his ideas about rhetoric and composition are as relevant today as they were during his life, and, in some cases, more so. While these last two sentences might sound a bit like a poorly crafted thesis, they aren't quite-­ though, I suppose a thesis statement might lie less in the pen of the writer and more in the eye of the beholder. I'm trying to offer myself in this paper on Jim Corder-because I feel like he'd want it that way. If you're with me so far, I hope you recognize that I share two things in common with my (as-yet-unannounced) thesis. The first is that both myself and my thesis are forthcoming. The second: I am my argument, just as you are yours.
    • We are all we have: a novel

      O'Brien, Michael (2022-05)
    • Reflecting: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Robibero, Nicki (2022-05)
      As my work addresses my history of chronic illness and how it led to me becoming an athlete, I am also exploring the depictions of chronic illness in art. I look at other artists who suffer from illness and how they represent or depict their illness in their work. Every experience with a chronic illness is unique to the individual. Some painters are impacted in ways that affect how they can create work, and others are influenced in subject matter or representation. I am using my time in grad school to not only become a fast swimmer, but to learn what it means to be an athlete. I am also unraveling my intricate journey through severe illness and how this history has impacted my painting practice, both in subject matter and the way in which I paint.
    • Active music therapy for older adults: a music therapy program proposal for the Wartburg retirement community

      Thompson, Laura (2022-05)
      The purpose of this proposal is to create seven distinct music therapy programs based on active music-making experiences for residents, out-patients, family, and caregivers at Wartburg, a nursing home and senior-living community in Mount Vernon, NY. Additionally, these programs could be implemented at any similar institution serving older adults and the community in which they live. The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF), led by Dr. Concetta Tomaino has made its home at Wartburg since 2019, and currently provides music therapy services. However, services have been severely limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other considerations. Increasing active music therapy programs at Wartburg will provide residents and their families and caregivers with the means to address cognitive, physiological, emotional, and social issues affecting them and their loved ones. Proposed music therapy programs are 1) intergenerational chorus; 2) therapeutic drumming; 3) jazz, rock, and classical chamber ensembles; 4) bell chime choir; and 5) songwriting/composition workshops for individuals. By establishing these programs, Wartburg will strengthen the scope of their mission of providing world-class care and support to the community and incorporating arts-based therapy into their care plan.
    • Foreclosed; forgotten: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

      Michaud, Heather (2022-05)
      The notion of home is something that most of us take for granted-yet, it is fragile. A majority of us are one financial crisis away from losing housing. My work bears witness to the ghostly remnants of homes that Americans have been forced to abandon. With documentary photography, drawing materials and paint, I illuminate the disuse of foreclosed properties. Approaching this process through visual and physical collection, I call attention to the absence and the intimate roles of previous tenants. Created with one sole purpose- this body of work aims to provide awareness of the forgotten; the foreclosed.