Honors Capstone Project
Date of Submission
Visual and Performing Arts
Capstone Prize Winner
Won Capstone Funding
Interactive Arts | Interdisciplinary Arts and Media
My thesis project is structured around a friendship that grew into an artistic collaboration. Laura Williams and myself, Kristina Foley, pulled our resources and concepts together from two seemingly disparate fields of art, Fiber Structure and Interlocking and the Media Art Program, to explore our personal identification with Feminism, magic, and the role of art in illustrating history through revealing perspectives often kept hidden. Using fibers and textile pieces we explore a women’s history that has been kept private and held close to the body, while simultaneously using video and photography to re-imagine how the female is projected into the public sphere. By incorporating magic, or a visual component that encourages a sense of new possibilities, our work together is a manifestation, or culture dream, which we hope is both healing and empowering.
During the past three years we have worked together consistently using various styles of collaboration like juxtaposition, handing back and forth, and joined at the hip. Our personal experiences as female artists living and working in a patriarchal society encourage each of us to explore the roots of our individual mediums in the Feminist Movement of the 1960s. This helped lead us use collaboration as an anarchical and useful method of art making. Collaboration defies the history of the artist as individual, and primarily male, while it encourages new forms of communication and creativity. A strong collaboration takes time; the skills both parties gain are useful in both personal neighborhoods and professional environments. Better listening skills, trust, sensitivity, and understanding of the benefits and potential of cultural differences will develop in all collaborators.
Another advantage of collaboration is that it is great fun! The result of Laura and my friendship and artistic exploration is a show at Spark Gallery that represents a cumulative body of work we have made together. It is an environment in which the histories of our different pieces and the concepts they draw upon overlap and connect from room to room, body to body.
Foley, Kristina, "On Earth" (2005). Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects. 665.
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