Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Studio Arts


Joanna Spitzner


abject;amateur;camp;gender essentialism;panopticon;sculpture

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts


Glittered Realities, Dramatic Bodies: Abject, Camp, and Empathy explores the roles of disgust, social performance, and compassion within my art practice. This essay examines empathetic aesthetics as a tool for strengthening the relationship between the artist and the viewer, while also delving into the repulsiveness of abject art and the performative elements of Camp. Through thematic sections focusing on sculpture and video performance art, Glittered Realities, Dramatic Bodies: Abject, Camp, and Empathy illustrates how bodily experience and identity exploration contends that understanding human vulnerability and the interplay between abjection, theatricality, and empathy enriches both an art practice and worldview.


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