Date of Submission

Spring 2020

Academic Program

Studio Arts

Project Advisor 1

Maggie Hazen

Abstract/Artist's Statement

How do you maintain a relationship with someone who lives 3,639 miles away? Last spring I collaborated with my partner, who lives in Germany, on one of my final art projects. I wanted to find a way for us to be able to work together despite the distance. This evolved into a larger body of artwork and became the focus of my senior project. The project as a whole became an examination of how my partner and I established a relationship and how it has lasted for two and a half years; despite a heavy reliance on technology--often seen as something that divides us. Originally, the focus of this work was on the obsessiveness, the amount of effort and time put into maintaining a type of relationship that most people avoid. This has completely changed. The world is now forced into technologically based long distance relationships as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic and has become the thread connecting people to the same feelings, struggles and joys I have experienced over the past two years. Everyone is being forced to adapt to long distance relationships. As a result of COVID this entire body of work is installed in my bedroom where I maintain all of my socially distant relationships. I hope now that this work can be a reminder that we can find creative ways to stay together, no matter how far away someone might be.

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