PHILOSOPHY PAPERS

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November 2020

A reflection of my 2020 Summer Residency experience at IDSVA. Additionally, I talk about the hybridity of connections made from the idea of how to think about Plato's eternal form, Kant’s theory of subjectivity, and my overall life experiences that helped me understand becoming an artist-philosopher.

RADICAL FREEDOM AND A MISSED OPPORTUNITY OF SILENCE WITH GOD

April 2020

This paper examines Reiner Schürmann’s analysis of Mesiter Eckhart’s exhortation  and how it excludes the importance of “silence with God” as a missed opportunity that would further his insights on how nature gives one the freedom to detach oneself, re-image oneself, elevate oneself, and articulate oneself.

SHIFTING PERSPECTIVES IN BECOMING: SEE HER IN THE OTHER

April 2020

This exposition focuses on the following: the dual role of subjectivity with themes that address identity as well as a non-individualistic idea of selfhood as expressed in the artwork of Harmonia Rosales (a Chicagoan woman of color) and her painting The Creation of God; Emmanuel Levinas’s The Interview, Jacques Lacan’s The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis, and two works from Amelia Jones’s The Feminism and Visual Culture Reader: the first is the “Introduction and Conclusion to the Guerilla Girls Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art,” where The Guerilla Girls (a group of all female artivists wear gorilla masks as a political act of solidarity through anonymity); the second work is “From Ways of Seeing,” written by John Berger (a white male artist known for his contributions as an art critic); explores is the question of the ‘becoming’ of Subjectivity in the areas of identity and a non-individualistic idea of selfhood introduced by way of desire, language, and ‘otherness.’

WOMEN’S ART “HERSTORY”: EXAMINED THROUGH VOICE, MIND, BODY

December 2019

This paper argues that although the woman’s voice has been undervalued throughout the history of art in various forms, Freud understands that the woman’s “voice.” The artwork and writing of female artists Mendieta, Export and Ukeles resurrect what could be considered Freud’s lost intention to advocate for women. Additionally, the work of Tupac Shakur will help illuminate Freud’s “admiration” of women through some of his most influential songs that are dedicated to women (black women in particular however, for the purpose of this paper when there is a reference made to “woman/women” we refer to all women) through a subjectivity which recognizes the value of a woman’s art.

DUCHAMP: THE UNDERCOVER UTOPIAN AND HIS READYMADE ART

June 2020

In this paper I discuss how utopianism plays a role in the development of a hidden identity in Marcel Duchamp, and his Readymade Fountain. Duchamp uses the term Readymade to describe works of art created using manufactured objects that require little to no modification.