My MFA thesis show, Cosentinoworks, depicts my inquiry into self and object through conceptual explorations in the mediums of video, performance and sculptural installation. I use the title of the exhibition as a cue to explore the double meanings and multiple interpretations at play. I explore identity through relationships and narratives employed in the use of recorded performance and exhibition display. I discuss how symbols and symbolism operate in creating a tapestry of meaning and interpretation through associations to historic form, particularly Minimalism and Romanticism. I explore the role of the observer in finding and understanding double meanings through my exhibition display choices and historic associations. Throughout this exploration I refer to personal stories and biographical reference in my artwork. Finally, I describe the dangers and rewards of this approach to art making in contemporary art practice.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Video art--Themes, motives; Symbolism in art

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Department, Program, or Center

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Ambrogi, Patricia

Advisor/Committee Member

Miokavicr, Alexander


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: N6494.I56 C67 2009


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