Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Folks, the Truth is hard to know—if can be known at all.¹ Conventional Western wisdom tells us: stick to the facts. (I’m looking at you, Enlightenment.) We privilege the written word as an objective and reliable vehicle for communication. Useful, yes, but we over-rely. I counter with this: bodily performativity and purposeful inaccuracy that produces, paradoxically, narrative accuracy. These methods roil in our gut or tug at our heartstrings—instead of recoiling, we should embrace them.
I like to unpack “the stories we tell ourselves,”² our personal and societal mythologies, with a particular eye to how the past plays a role in these constructions. Telling things slant³—diving into the uncanny—disrupts our visual complacency with both delight and disorientation. By employing temporal and spatial anachronisms in a performative motion-based practice, I aim not to obscure truth, but to promote inquiry.
1. Riffing on the New York Times’ The Truth is Hard campaign.
2. Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures.
3. A nod to Emily Dickinson’s “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.”
Evans, Carson, "Anachropomorphism!" (2018). Masters Theses. 222.
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