This thesis explores my relationship to artmaking through the exploration of my identity. As a gay, Puerto-Rican, Argentinian, American man, my relationship to art has always been a way for me to make sense of my intersectional experiences. Chronologically recounting past and current bodies of work, I explain how my personal growth coincides with my artwork. From once shameful, hidden figures to later flamboyant, unapologetic bodies, this thesis links the sequential evolution of my figuration and ideas. I also investigate the process of reclaiming moments in art history as being inherently queer and explore the ways in which they manifest in my own work. Additionally, I expand on formal aspects like composition, color, and mode of making, and how this interacts with the content in my work. Through this recounting and analyzation of my work, I invite viewers to empathize with the universality of my queer experience.
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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
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Cortese, Gabriel, "Their Bodies Flamboyant: An Exploration of Self Through Figuration and Flower" (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 487.