AuthorAmarillas, Justice Angel
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractArtistic precedents for this project are from my own bodies of work throughout the end of my undergraduate career. I began making work dealing with voyeurism as a female artist, as well as the discovery of autobiographical identity within time and space. This project, specifically, serves as a perfect bridge using the fearlessness of my own body to project an opinion (in a more subtle and refined way than the politically deadpan work I previously engaged in) on a space that is an influence upon it, rooted in real time. Artists such as Chris Engman, Michael Lundgren, and those of the New Topographics genre are heavily central in understanding the context of my work in that they have expanded the idea of landscape to allow for new definitions and explorations in contemporary art. The same statement applies for Ai Wei Wei, Judy Dater, and Laura Aguilar with respect to using the body as a vehicle for expression in environmental portraits. Over the course of two semesters, I photographed the neighborhood around my house in exploration of site-specificity and its discrepancies with identity. This projected resulted in a solo exhibition and an artist book for portfolio consideration.
Degree ProgramHonors College