Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This thesis is an attempt to understand the relationship of my art to nature and my sense of rootlessness. I have been imprinted by the places I have lived in yet disconnected from them as well. I am often situated on the 'other side' and as my perspective has learned to shift between the global and the local, between the outsider and insider gaze, I have come to describe this ability as being 'rootless'. I believe this condition is more common in America, the country of immigrants than anywhere else. Our memories are often re-told in the form of stories as an act of preservation, and a desire to be understood. I have only been able to experience a sense of belonging by being in nature and feeling a connection to its essence or symbolism, its visual characteristics, and natural materials. My work explores how nature is a testament to time and to our identities with their vulnerability and fluidity .
Szekely, Lilla, "Rootless" (2020). Masters Theses. 431.
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