White Light

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

David Amico

Second Advisor

Katie Grinnan

Third Advisor

Michael Reafsnyder

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Rights Information

© 2012 Tessie Whitmore


The work is about nothing and everything. It is about belief systems engaged with everyday, monotonous theories of repetitious acts that will deliver freedom and freewill or acceptance and enlightenment. These acts become systems, which are bought into with ridiculous dedication. What is left is the void, potential death, fleeting mortality.

I use the highway as a place of investigation and motivation building a relationship between its physical and psychological aspects. I focus on moments from the drive: tension, the possible crash, monotony, and the trance state. I use materials from high culture and low culture to form a cultural bond, a hybrid of daily life. The works carry a mythology, finding the mystical in the mundane and the spiritual in the ordinary. It can appear bodily: often wonky, precarious, and provisional. An absurdity carries through all of the work.

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