Recent Submissions

  • You & I are earth: a celebration of parties, affection, and the darkroom: MFA thesis - Photography and Related Media

    Jain, Cassie (2024-05)
    You & I Are Earth is photographic autofiction: a combination of self portraiture and portraiture, real and ephemeral places, actual and imagined events. It is a project about the friendships that mean the world to me, the ways we nourish and adorn our lives, and the spaces we love and lose and recreate together over and over again.
  • Tehzeeb: what we bring to the table: MFA Thesis - Metal

    Bakshi, Gokul (2024-05)
    Great things happen when human beings come together for a shared purpose. As language equips us to make meaning of our world, the tools we use in our daily lives help to nurture ourselves and serve others. They connect us to one another, holding within them community, culture and Craft. Through forging spoons, I explore the various manifestations of the tool both literal and metaphorical. As I engage in a dance with my material, the form reveals itself to be a symbol of growth, connection and nourishment.
  • Beyond shattered honor: MFA thesis - Photography and Related Media

    Ojaghloo, Maedeh (2024-05)
    "Beyond Shattered Honor" serves as a tribute to the silenced voices of Iranian women, victims of the brutal practice of "honor" killings. In shadows where men decree death over perceived dishonor, this multidisciplinary installation revives the forgotten, those obscured by family and faith. Combining sculpture, photographs, video, and audio, it brings their stories back to light. It transforms symbols of mourning into a critique of violence, seeking justice through memory and artistic expression. This project creates a sanctuary that merges remembrance with resistance, honoring those who were silenced.
  • This party is for you: explorations in celebration and healing: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

    Mancuso, Alexandra (2024-05)
    On December 1st, 2018, I shattered a bone in my left ring finger. Exactly six months later, when the last of three surgical pins were removed from my hand, I celebrated with a tiny party hat for my finger. That insistence on finding hope and joy in brokenness is the essence of this work. Items destined for the trash- furniture, magazines, junk mail, scrap fabric- are given care and attention that celebrates their pasts and gives them a new life in the present. Instead of merely repairing or restoring, I am reimagining these objects. They don’t look like they did before because my care and attention have fundamentally changed them, like love always does. This is a party about joy, and the things that have changed us and hurt us and made that joy mean something. This party is for all of us, the ones who made it this far. This party is for you.
  • Mi querencia: MFA thesis - Photography and Related Media

    Tarridas, Massimo (2024-05)
    Mi Querencia is a project about my maternal home country of Venezuela. In the summer of 2023, I was able to go to Venezuela for about a month, for the first time since 2016. The reason for the trip was familial: to reunite my scattered, refugee family from Chile and the U.S.A. However, having never been there as an adult, I also sought out what might be a ‘Venezuelan identity’, and was excited to see what new blood — what kinds of culture and activism and liveliness — might still exist under 25 years of oppressive regime.
  • Hiding place: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

    Parker, Emily (2024-05)
    This thesis explores the intersection of nature, memory, and sculpture through the medium of clay. Drawing on my experiences growing up on a farm, I create representations of natural forms that evoke a deep sense of self-identity and belonging. Using hand-building and coil-building techniques, I shape intricate, dynamic sculptures that balance visual softness with physical hardness, creating an illusion of imminent movement. These large-scale works invite viewers into a playful tension, suggesting a secret, animated existence just beyond perception. The process of collecting and indexing natural forms allows me to recreate and reimagine my childhood experiences, transforming them into a new, imaginative world. My work is driven by a desire to escape reality and discover what elements of the natural world foster a sense of belonging. I weave together past and future narratives into a singular, timeless moment that encompasses the feeling I’ve been chasing my entire adult life, the feeling that created my thesis show “Hiding Place”.
  • Pulling teeth: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

    McQuade, Brianna (2024-05)
    This thesis elucidates how humor and pain influence the formation, development, and expression of self. By exploring elements of color, form, and psychology, and referencing the works of Clayton Bailey, Peter and Sally Saul, and other artists of the California Funk Movement, this research delves into the complex relationships between contrasting emotions tied to compulsive behaviors and intrusive thought patterns. Through examining personal psychology and creating imagined worlds with recurring symbols, this study employs levity as both a distraction and a narrative tool. This approach allows for a nuanced investigation into the interplay of humor and pain in shaping human experiences and self-expression. But is it all really that serious?
  • Preserving tradition; embracing innovation: exploring contemporary Paubha and its journey to the West: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

    Sikari Sunuwar, Ankita (2024-05)
    Paubha (pau- painting, bha- cotton canvas), this ancient tradition of art has deep religious and spiritual meaning for both practitioners and viewers. It often depicts themes from Buddhism and Hinduism in detail, serving as a tool for contemplation and spiritual growth. Additionally, paubha is vital for preserving Nepal's cultural and religious heritage. Many artists are driven by a commitment to protect its authenticity and spiritual significance rather than pursuing it for commercial gain. However, the future of Paubha painting encounters substantial challenges. Some Paubha artists believes that Modernization, changing artistic preferences, and the difficulty of passing on the intricate skills needed for Paubha have sparked worries about its continuity. Presently, there are fewer practitioners than in earlier generations, emphasizing the need for our joint efforts to guarantee the legacy of this beloved tradition.
  • Sunday funnies: MFA Thesis - Metal

    Rosin, Nick (2024-05)
    If idle hands are considered the devil’s workshop, the objects I craft would ornament its brimstone mantel. Through parody, I reimagine religious ceremonial objects that question the traditional beliefs and qualities attributed to leading a good life. My juvenile urges and reluctance to be a “productive” member of society are fuel for making work that honors the taboo and self-gratifying impulses of getting high, masturbating, overindulging in screen time, and staying in bed. By crafting these ritualistic objects, I aim to validate the need to disengage from a culture that expects devotion to the daily grind.
  • Elegy for the wound: MFA Thesis - Metal

    Van Doren, Paige (2024-05)
    Elegy for The Wound is a metaphor, multivalent, an experience of embodiment that is animated, active, alive.
  • Intimate immensity: MFA Thesis - Ceramics

    Dortmans, Laura (2024-05)
    This paper outlines my studio research, material investigations, processes, and the development of finished artworks in my thesis exhibition – Intimate. Immensity. This research, and the subsequent collection of ceramic sculptures, is a study of materiality and the body: how material processes echo personal transformation and growth. I discuss material engagement as essential research methodology in my experimental studio practice and the critical role of curiosity and play to the development of my unique visual language.
  • MFA Thesis - Painting

    Byrd, Kevin (2024-05)
    Through My paintings I create commentary that addresses issues of race, power dynamics, and identity, which would serve as a catalyst for important conversations about societal challenges and the need for representation in visual culture. My research into the African American cultural and historical context, plays a crucial role in my studio practice.
  • Corpus Ex Machina: a biomechanically collaborative exploration of the corporeal fantasies of artificial intelligence: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing

    Tjernlund, Anna (2023-12)
    This collaborative project with artificial intelligence (AI) began as a playful curiosity about AI text-to-image generators, namely Midjourney. Artificial intelligence represents a broad field of computer science focused on creating intelligent machines capable of mimicking human cognitive functions. Within the field of AI, generative artificial intelligence specializes in generating content, such as images or text, often based on given prompts or patterns. Two noteworthy examples within this domain – and the resources I used for my research – are ChatGPT and MidJourney. ChatGPT, developed by OpenAI, is a powerful language model that generates contextually relevant text responses based on textual input. Its capabilities extend to engaging in conversations, answering queries, and even providing creative outputs. MidJourney, on the other hand, is a text-to-image generator that transforms textual prompts into visual representations. As part of my artistic exploration, I engaged with both ChatGPT and MidJourney, tapping into their capabilities to collaborate on the creation of thought-provoking and visually compelling works that push the boundaries of human-machine interaction and artistic expression.
  • Fractured horizon: MFA Thesis - Photography and Related Media

    Uliyanova, Viktorsha (2023-08)
    Memory is a fragile thread that holds together the tapestry of history and culture. My work explores the collapse of the Soviet experiment, political repression, and trauma that pervades families and the nation. Through textured multiples, video, and alternative processes, I build a portal to memories that have been suppressed by the Soviet regime. In engaging with archives, I investigate the blind spots in history and contextualize the way the present and the future are reflected in the past.
  • Intimate exchanges: MFA Thesis - Printmaking

    Cooper, Bear (2023-08)
    Intimate Exchanges represents the culmination of a journey from embodied material investigation to devotional artmaking as a refuge for the body. This project has its origins in my research of phenomenology, ritual theory, and queer intimacy. The action of touch is central both to acts of intimacy as well as the field of phenomenology which promotes embodied perception. Some creative mediums have a greater intimacy of touch in the process of their making and for me, printmaking is one of those mediums. After a brief introduction to natural dyes, I was pulled in by their potential for embodied investigation and created a methodology to turn my body and its movements into the printing mechanism, further enhancing the embodiment of printmaking.
  • Take a breath: MFA Thesis - Sculpture

    Fortenberry, Michael (2023-08)
    Take a Breath is a series of interactive artworks designed for the participants' slow and mindful, somatic engagement. Each sculpture is made to ground the audience in the now, to override the strain, pace, and overwhelm of 21st century life. These objects hold thoughtful consideration to the way they receive the human body, an invitation for an extended, healing embrace. Other sculptures can be carefully rolled from one point of stability to the next, every resting position activating a new sound pulled from tones and patterns of nature. These moving sonic sculptures are interlinked. When activated simultaneously each one alters a single soundscape, unifying the collective. I see these calming works as offering a space of resistance to the trauma of overstimulation and the political, environmental, and social instability of our current moment. Wood is a constant collaborator in my work, it holds the memories and teachings of its lived experience.
  • Transcendence: post-Catholic healing: MFA thesis - Photography and Related Media

    Vrachopoulos, Will (2022-12)
    **This thesis deals with the topic of sexual abuse. Please take care of yourself.** Transcendence is an exploration of faith and Catholicism, and the traumatic impact of institutional sex abuse. This body of work consists of a handmade book, thirteen Instax photos, three collages, and an ambient sound piece. It is the culmination of my time spent in the Masters program at SUNY New Paltz and was exhibited at the December 2022 MFA/BFA show at the Samuel Dorsky Museum. In Transcendence I dissect the wound the priest of my parish inflicted on me, uncovering an inextricable connection between pain and pleasure. Gifts used for grooming an altar boy turn into subversive weapons in a series of instant film photos. Images used to promote the archbishop and the church are cut and reassembled to visualize the living hell I have seen and felt. Representations of faith are cut and reassembled to visualize the living hell I have seen and felt.
  • Ethereal lines: MFA Thesis - Metal

    Rock, Sofia (2023-05)
    We are all interconnected in this universe. Whether we realize it or not, our thoughts and actions have an impact on the balance of the cosmos we inhabit. Even if the impact is minute, it still exists, and understanding how our ecosystems and social systems are interwoven is critical. The human subconscious is understood by our intuition and consciousness, which is the feeling and awareness of our external and internal existence… While creating in a state of flow, intuition is activated, making this intimate process of my work imperative. My creative work is informed by how the human intellect and body is influenced by external and internal forces, and why as living creatures we so often attempt to maintain a sense of order that is inevitably fleeting.
  • Diasporican: MFA Thesis - Sculpture

    Kattou, Joseph (2023-05)
    I make Vejigantes, a type of traditional Puerto Rican mask typically made from the outer husks of coconuts. Their devilish visages, horrific amalgams of horns and fangs covered in colors and patterns, were meant by colonists and religious fanatics to strike fear into the Puerto Rican community. Once a symbol of religious oppression and fear, Vejigantes are now a symbol of perseverance and celebration in the Puerto Rican community. Working with archival resins and plastic forming, I create contemporary Vejigantes that represent Puerto Ricans’ resilience in the face of disaster, neo-colonial forces, and corporate beasts. My sculptures personify hardships being overcome, transformed from tools of religious extremism and fear into celebratory heritage objects.

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