Advisor

Connie Stewart

Advisor

Goodwin, Donna

Department

Art & Design

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

8-2019

Date Digitized

2019-08-01

Genre

Thesis

Extent

79 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

This arts-based research project explores the connection between our deaths and what happens to our personal belongings. I researched body disposition methods and intertwined those concepts with objects found in unlikely places like auctions and the side of the highway into my art practice. Utilizing the a/r/tography methodology, I focused on the spaces between and embracing the rhizomatic connections that appeared through what ultimately was a very personal journey. I collected a variety of data using taphonomy as a metaphor for our personal belongings and as a conceptual framework. Methods of data collection including mind maps, informal surveys, visual journals, auction observations, art making and reflection, and most importantly the extensive cataloging of my personal belongings. The research revealed what was already there.. It revealed that I have a strong point of view and aesthetic sensibility as an artist. However, the findings were much more personal in nature than anticipated.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

JohnsonARP2019

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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