Defense Date

2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Sculpture + Extended Media

First Advisor

Michael Jones Mckean

Second Advisor

Kendall Buster

Third Advisor

Corin Hewitt

Abstract

Abstract

A Man At Point Zero is a collection of essays and stories that I wrote during the last year. These texts describe memories, conflicts and personal narratives about my relationship to art-making, my nationality, and sexual identity. Each of the texts focuses on a different point of time, and together they create a complicated pattern of conflicts that is the ground from which my sculpture practice grows. I chose not to include in this thesis any analysis of my own sculptures, but to present my writing as an independent practice. This choice has been made because each practice has a different tone. The texts are raw, personal, and very specific, while the sculptures are much more processed and abstract.

The title A Man at Point Zero that I use for both the thesis paper and the exhibition is a homage to the book Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi that is mentioned in my writings. “Point zero” is a point of no power. The book questions the ideas of choice and destiny for women under the patriarchal structures that are designed to fail them. Instead of a woman, I place a man — myself depicted at various chapters of life — to speak about masculinity that is not experienced from a position of power.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-11-2021

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