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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
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painting, identity, order, definition, power, panoptic
This essay is an introduction to the context and processes of ‘undefinition’ in the work of the author.
Through fragmentation of the original image, the depicted image problematizes identification. Gaps in the portrayal allow for personal interpretation to bias the definition in order to make our perception visible.
Definitions are the means of power, and we primarily order and define the world visually. Foucault describes this as Panoptic technology. Unless we learn to understand how we see individually, authoritarian definitions will remain the de-facto means of operating powerfully.
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