MFA Thesis Exhibition
April 10–April 27, 2008
Tisch and Koppelman Galleries
This exhibition is the third of an ongoing series of MFA thesis exhibitions shown annually at the Tufts University Art Gallery as part of the joint graduate degree program of Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
About the artists:
“My work consists of a series of extra-large screenprints depicting an imagined earth 50 million years in the future. The thriving future flora and fauna exist in a celebratory post-post-apocalyptic state completely devoid of humans. Stylistically, the large-scale posters reference both communist-era propaganda and modernist travel advertisements."
50 mil untitled (desert)
nelson da costa
“My paintings are a series of narratives and observations about my life - my childhood, the murder of my family in Angola's civil war, my artistic training in Cuba, and my use of art as a gateway to the future. I use art to communicate about war and destruction, about sadness and poverty, about death and where people are going when they die. Art is an immensely important part of my life, and with it I have been rebuilding myself."
The Young Son
acrylic on panel, 48 x 36"
“Seas and Skies is a multi-channel video installation with a physical presence. The videos are composites of incongruous waters and skies. The images themselves are disjointed, and the planes of the images are also disrupted. Visitors can walk around and between the skies and the water, experiencing and viewing seemingly familiar elements in new ways."
Seas and Skies
multi-channel video installation
““Where are you from?”
“What are you?”
As an Asian American, seemingly harmless questions consistently remind me that I am an outsider. In response combined with my personal feelings of isolation, I have created a series of photographs of myself as all contestants of a beauty pageant, and as an explorer of “Americanism.” In conjunction with these photographs I present a sculptural installation of snow globes that represent the tourist trinket."
Astronaut in Cape Elizabeth, Maine
color print and silk thread, 19 x 19 "
“I am interested in the mimetic qualities, transactional symbols, and legitimizing practices of ritual, or symbolic healing.
The work takes multiple forms: acrylic paintings, graphite drawings, and di-cut vinyl installations. The taxonomy of images includes the original dance fitness of Jazzercise, performance outfits, crystals, thrown confetti, P. Diddy and Jay-Z, Pope John Paul II, baton-like coyote legs, deer hooves, and headdresses for both the shaman and the showgirl.”
When in Rome (Pope John Paul II, Africa, 1980)
acrylic on paper, 22 x 30"
“Somehow Form a Family contains photographs and a video from a family road trip I took by myself this summer to see the things that normal families do: the Grand Canyon, amusement parks, roadside attractions. I headed westward to California stopping at places from my family's own mythology. The photographs and video are paired with a series of "family portraits" made with strangers who could be in some way related to me. In the work, I draw connections between photography and faith, and photography and desire."
Eleanor in Blue
photograph, 22 x 30 "
“My 5-minute 16mm film installation is projected as a continuous loop through a specially designed feeding system built on a freestanding wall. Viewers encounter this sculptural, functional mechanism before entering the viewing area. The projection and sound of the film fill a darkened room and depict rainstorms captured in the contrasting landscape of the northeastern and the southwestern United States. The resulting environment represents the flux of summer weather. Moving storms and looping film combine to frame the nature of cyclical experience that is so central to our lives."
I remember that they existed, but not what they were