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Title

Undefinition

Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

Art

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2009

Month Degree Awarded

May

Keywords

painting, identity, order, definition, power, panoptic

Abstract

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.

First Advisor

Shona Macdonald

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Pillar of Box Frames and a Formation of Dividuals made up of 12 columns each of 12 Strata

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Columns of Dividuals seen through a Box Frame

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Formation of Dividuals in 7 Columns of 12 Strata and Pillar of Box Frames

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