It's my party and I'll cry

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Jenna J. McDonald (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Ron Laboray

Abstract: It’s my party and I’ll cry is a party-like installation centered around ideas of celebration, home and feminine identity. The title, taken from the 1963 song ‘it’s my party’ is meant to be a play on words. The work of this thesis exhibition intends to highlight the feeling of simultaneous joy and sadness by exploring the idea of a self-aware party. A collection of 365 hand written and painted poems or 'drawings' is the centerpiece of the show. They account for the entirety of my 29th year ending on my 30th birthday. Ritual is presented as a meaningful example of self reflection and linked to the personal achievement of surviving another year which is often synonymous with a reason for celebration. All together the poems serve as a dairy of formal, conceptual, and banal patterns revealing biases, daily concerns, celebrations, and lamentations.These drawings are shown alongside paintings and sculptures referencing party decorations, crafts, and household decor, intentionally blurring the line between art and decor. The daily poems address ideas about how we present our lives to one another, what is important, what is personal, what is hidden, and what is available for viewing. The paintings and assorted assemblages also address ideas of pleasure, priority, and the passage of time. As one year comes to a close and another begins, the marker or climax (in this case an installation as party) is imbued with a sense of anticipation, fear of the unknown, and remembrance.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2016
Installations (Art)
Femininity in art
Home in art
Life in art

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