Defense Date

2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Sculpture + Extended Media

First Advisor

Kendall Buster

Second Advisor

Lily Cox-Richard

Third Advisor

Massa Lemu

Abstract

IT TAKES A MUSCLE1

In the BELLY of the BEAST, the HUMAN

in the deep end of a SWIMMING POOL

in a GRAVE, looking up/out from within

at the base of a CRATER, ABYSS, PIT

the room as a CRADLE, INCUBATOR

architecture as MOTHER MOULD.2

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1 Title is borrowed and abbreviated: Spectral Display, “It Takes A Muscle To Fall In Love,” 1982.

2 For what American-English delineates as ‘mold,’ British-English uses ‘mould’ and is more specific in its technicality. The former doesn’t distinguish in spelling between mold (fungus) and mold (mould). I’m not particularly a fan of the colonizer’s nor the colonizer’s colonizer language forms because the more I learn about languages the more I see their inadequacies, but English being one of my mother-tongues, it feels important to semantically dissect the differences between them and err on the side of technicality. Consistently, I am fascinated by the ways that the language we ascribe to subjects, objects, and phenomena barely contains whom or what it is we are trying to describe. The delightful futility of naming anything anything at all…

Rights

© Saar Shemesh

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-13-2022

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