Seasons in the abyss

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Connor McNerney (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Jennifer Meanley

Abstract: I have written this thesis to explore and support the artistic practice and work I have formed while at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. The work of my thesis show was made in reaction and reference to both the real world and the world as I see and experience it. With my work I want to make my thoughts and concerns known, but I also wish to share work that is not overly didactic. I intend to make it apparent that the world is bleak and treats the overwhelming opportunity and liberty of life with apathy and doubt. Highlighting the dystopian nature of the world makes mechanisms of oppression - nationalism, economics, xenophobia - known again, it is a revolt against the madness of sight without vision. By making these sculptures and investing care, love and patience, I am giving these mechanisms my time and attention despite my contempt for them. I place value in acknowledgment and naming as a first step in positive change. During the making of this thesis, the novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused a global health and economic crisis. In addition to the COVID-19 pandemic, the suffocation death of an unarmed black man named George Floyd by a white policeman on May 25 in Minneapolis sparked worldwide protest and for policing reform and defunding. The work and thoughts of this thesis seemed to materialize and mirror themselves in the physical present world.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2020
245000dead, Covid-19, Weneedanswers
Wood sculpture, American $y 21st century

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