Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Studio Arts


Juan Juarez


Collective memory;Grief;Iranian culture;Muscle memory;visual culture

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Creative Writing


This paper explores grief through both a personal and cultural prism, specifically focusing on the Iranian context. Intertwining together personal narratives with scholarly discourse, it aims to illuminate the nuanced relationship between individual experiences of sorrow and the broader fabric of collective memory. Notably, it is examining how artistic practice and the visual culture of grief intersect, tracing my own journey through studio work that melds traditional and contemporary representations of mourning. This investigation is bolstered by insights drawn from psychology, sociology, and cultural studies, offering a comprehensive, multidisciplinary understanding of mourning practices in addition to their profound impact on personal identity and resilience.


Open Access



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