Featured Exhibition Image

2023 MFA SUMMER THESIS

Jul 22 – Aug 13, 2023

Curated by Lucinda Bliss and Lisa Tung

CURATORIAL STATEMENT:

 

Undercurrents and Reflections

“Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.”

Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Each of the artists in the Summer 2023 thesis exhibition leans into the unknown. Though the resulting work is formally and conceptually distinct, the artists are linked by the tension between narratives that can be told and those that remain just out of reach. There is something that feels true in this positionin how each of these artists claims the undercurrent. The work in this show is driven by narrative–about the natural world, the spirit world, the genealogical world, and the world of the cyborg–and the result is an opening to the subterranean, a view behind the curtain. 

Julia Bettis draws from the natural world she inhabits, bringing obsession with the lives of plants to phenomenological heights. Through exploration and repetition she enters a conversation with the history of botanical and still-life painting, creating compositions where flowers and plants fall out of the pots onto the rug and out of the canvas into our laps.

Tracy Leavitt’s work lives in the space between interior reflection, the invisible space of spirit, and cultural critique. The artist reaches into the territory of mystery, inviting us to step into the question with her. Leavitt is prolific, open, and seeking. The resulting work is joyful in a quiet, questing way and asks us to consider the potency of its materiality. Here, the artist is a conscious and engaged conduit, open to that beyond what we can perceive directly. 

Serena Buschi honors and interrogates her artistic and genealogical forebears, drawing from family, science, and mysticism. She converses with feminism, with the history of craft, with South Asian ritual, with the extravagant color and gems and of sari textiles. Buschi examines cultural identity with an artist’s eye/mindIdentity as an idea, as a reflection, and with an expanded understanding of interconnection. 

Mikhail Kogan’s work narrates a relationship between the body (as flesh) and technology (as a tool and as a rupture of the body). Can the body be trusted not to turn on its host? Can technology be trusted to act in the body’s interests? What are the barriers (skins) that protect us from the world around us, from predators, from intrusions? Mikhail’s experimental animation  is composed of found objects, which come together with finely crafted felt, conflating high and low and ultimately questioning our assumptions about the human relationship to the natural and technological worlds.

 

The 2023 MFA Summer Thesis Exhibition features work from four MFA candidates in MassArt’s Low-Residency MFA Program in Interdisciplinary Practice.


Exhibition Images


Exhibition Archive

Tender Farms at MassArt x SoWa // Spring 2024

Tender Farms

Jan 13 – Mar 3, 2024

2023 Design Biennial

Oct 21 – Nov 19, 2023

MassArt x SoWa // 2023 MFA Summer Thesis Exhibition

2023 MFA SUMMER THESIS

Jul 22 – Aug 13, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | In This Body of Mine 2023 | Stephanie

In this body of mine

Jun 10 – Jul 16, 2023

MassArt x SoWa | 2023 MFA Spring Thesis Part II | Installation view | Photo by Rebecca Morrison | Work from Hadis Karami + Kierra LoRayne

2023 MFA THESIS | PART II

May 20 – Jun 4, 2023

2023 MFA Thesis Exhibition (Part I) | MassArt x SoWa

2023 MFA THESIS | PART I

Apr 29 – May 14, 2023

Speculative Futurisms | MassArt x SoWa | Dennis Svoronos

Speculative Futurisms

Mar 11 – Apr 23, 2023

The Hour of Lead | MassArt x SoWa

The Hour of Lead

Jan 14 – Mar 5, 2023

2022 Design Biennial | MassArt x SoWa | Installation View | Meyer + Smillie

2022 Design Biennial

Nov 19 – Jan 8, 2023

The New Drawing Room | MassArt x SoWa | Karmimadeebora McMillan

The New Drawing Room

Aug 20 – Sep 25, 2022

Material Agency | MassArt SoWa | Stephanie Cardon

MATERIAL AGENCY

May 28 – Jul 17, 2022

2022 MFA THESIS EXHIBITION

Apr 23 – May 22, 2022

SOURCE at MassArt x SoWa 2022

SOURCE

Mar 12 – Apr 17, 2022

Triple Oscillation // MassArt x SoWa

Triple Oscillation

Jan 15 – Mar 6, 2022

The Nature of Your Departure

Dec 3 – Jan 9, 2022

Yeah, I'm Doing Great | MassArt x SoWa | Installation Shot

Yeah, I'm Doing Great

Oct 30 – Nov 28, 2021

Zaire Love | MassArt x SoWa Protest and Power

Protest and Power

Sep 24 – Oct 24, 2021

2021 MFA Spring Thesis

May 3 – Jun 6, 2021