College of Fine Arts

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



Thesis Advisor

Duane McDiarmid

Faculty Advisor

Kate Hample

Faculty Advisor

Andrea Frohne


In the research driven project I Hear You Now, I See You Then, I refer to the contemporary and historical erasure of the labor of African American women using research gathered from the southern plantation economy to create an art installation. The objects in this installation are primarily made with artificial hair integrations and utilizing labor intensive methods that are similar to those used to install the hair on the Black body. The objects I make reference the luxury items in the domestic spaces of historic plantation sites that have been re-branded to be used in the wedding /tourism industry. The re-branding of these sites is a sanitation and erasure of the forced slave labor that occurred on these plantations. It is through the making of objects that I perform and mirror the skilled labor of Black women, and in the act of creating, re-inscribe the erased labor back into the larger social/ political narrative.



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