Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Christopher Roberts, PhD.
This is a (loose) manual on a method I like to refer to as surfacing.
A method that synthesizes narrative through the use of surfaces such as textiles, paper, web & video to reveal the spectacularly ordinary parts of Black life within a growing design practice.
A method I (currently) practice in three (evolving) steps:
Unlayering and piecing together stuff (rememory)
Acknowledgment of ancestry through stuff-making (kin)
Consciousness of oneself and the place / time / space in which the work is being disseminated (hypervisibility)
This is a manual that profiles a (current) design practice of a Black female maker in 2023 (me! lol).
A Black female maker that continues to amalgamate, respond-to and learn-from.
One who recognizes that they are still growing — that their views expressed in this text will shift, evolve or change with time.
Pulley, Zoë, "Surfacing: a (loose) manual on unlayering / stuff-making and hypervisibility" (2023). Masters Theses. 1086.
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