Carrie Patterson, Chair
Associate Professor of Art
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Alumni Where are they now?
Matthew Fishel (studio art, 2001) completed an MFA at Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. Originally interested in painting, Matthew has expanded his practice to include animation, video, installation, and digital imaging. He is a frequent contributor to RedStarKGB, an ongoing collaboration of filmmakers in Baltimore. His own film, "A Short Film Regarding Possibilities", was selected by the Maryland Film Festival in 2006. See his work at http://www.matthewfishel.com
porTrails: launching female desire
As the title suggests, porTrails: Launching Female Desire queries the subject of desire. The project finds desire manifesting itself in a variety of ways. To match the multiplicitous nature of the subject matter I have responded by multiplying my modes of approach. Each of PorTrails’ three components offers alternating way of exploring desire. First, I have written a more traditional art historical paper based upon visual analysis. This form has allowed me to locate contemporary images and the ideas they bring to life in a mixed context of art history and queer theory. Second, I have gathered a sound piece that investigates both the concept and experience of desire. The piece, titled Desire, uses the voices of three artists Deborah Bright, Monica Majoli, and Del LaGrace Volcano. Many of their comments come from the intersection of their professional lives as artists and their personal lives. Third, I facilitated a performance that moves this discussion of desire from theory into the realness of people’s lives. Through word of mouth I gathered together twenty women who I challenged to excavate the sources, manifestations, and meanings of their desire.