Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
I’m not going to give it all away up front, but here are a few things you’ll find inside: a flower that tastes like peppermint, a book that smells like sunscreen, a silver orb that purrs, a woman becoming a tree, a shy rainbow, and a hat that is also a disguise. There are lists, letters, dreams, and notes. I hope there aren’t typos, but I’m only human, after all. There is sense, and there is also nonsense.
If you decide to join me here, we will wander elsewhere — across different kinds of terrain, into sensory experiences, between mediums, and towards collective imagination. I will point out the ways we interact with these spaces & places: how we use our bodies to access them, our senses to interpret them, and our stories to give them meaning. I’ll talk about how much I like videogames, colors, forests, and friends. Occasionally, I’ll use big words, like “phenomenological,” to impress you. But you are smart, and I might not teach you anything new!
I would like for you to think about this as the start of a journey. Did you bring everything you need? You have my permission to meander — drift in any order, direction, or logic that suits you — but I hope you won’t leave without considering the urgent work of thinking about and caring for our deep entanglement with a damaged world.
Woods, Madeline, "Elsewhere: impressions of sense & nonsense" (2021). Masters Theses. 679.
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