Defense Date

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Painting and Printmaking

First Advisor

Caitlin Cherry

Second Advisor

Hilary Wilder

Third Advisor

Noah Simblist

Abstract

This research statement summarizes how my artwork has shifted from my performance-lecture Say It After Me to the painting-installation Becoming Dysfluent. To understand that shift in my practice, an account of my performance-lecture Say It After Me is explained in order to understand how it’s similar and different to Joseph Beuys’s performances with blackboards. Next, the relationship between the American educational system and my identity is explained in order to understand how my experiences as an instructor in higher education informed the creation of my performance persona Professor Castro. After discussing my identity as a Puerto Rican-American, my decision to engage in a conversation about stuttering through text, sound, and abstraction will be elaborated. Last but not least, a formal analysis and description of the painting-installation Becoming Dysfluent is explained in order to understand how my artistic practice is about visualizing and performing dysfluency.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-20-2020

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