This thesis combines photography, mixed media, and installation to explore the interrelation between art, memory, and culture; specifically, as they relate to (in)visibility and the stigma surrounding mass incarceration. Things that are compulsory are obligatory; they require that we follow a rule or law, but they also may be coercive or compelling. Compulsory, therefore, is defined alternately as something that is required and something that is irresistible. These definitions imply both desire and regulation, and these forces are often internalized and self-imposed. Following these definitions and their connotations, this thesis, titled Compulsory, combines photography and mixed media installation to explore those things that are required whether by an institution or by one's own psyche and those things that are desirable either individually or as determined by normative values. Specifically, the works collected for this exhibition examine my personal compulsions as well as the state-mandated requirements imposed upon me by the Florida Department of Corrections during my incarceration, by Child and Family Services and the court system during my ongoing custody battle, and by University of Central Florida during my studies for this and previous degrees. These compulsory circumstances have inspired me to create work that makes the neglected visible and finds beauty in pain.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Studio Art and Design Track
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Fronczek, Jason, "Compulsory: Art, Memory, and the Stigma of Mass Incarceration" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 214.