Date of Submission

Spring 2016

Academic Programs and Concentrations

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Beka Goedde

Abstract/Artist's Statement


Thesis performance and installation by Serena Caffrey

Twice I – no, how many times? – have I skidded by my own understanding, my own stronghold. Where is she now? Tied up under covers a knot in her gut, each end of the rope pulling tighter with her increasing conscience. Conscious: resist me! Pull me out of this parade and let me settle. It’s only me performing, really, though, so when my float pulls over there’s no one behind me to watch ride by. Do you feel the deer inside you suckling on your fear? Drinking it up like milk and feeding me, really?

The Anxiety of Being Wrong is a piece that began with an interest in exploitative labor along lines of race and class, became an interview series with artists of color reckoning what it means to be a white woman creating a platform of dialogue around race, and exists now as a solo performance exploring the deep desire to connect across difference and, ultimately, the limits of empathy.

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