Date of Award

Fall 12-4-2007

Document Type

Article

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Alex Sweetman

Second Advisor

Daniel Boord

Abstract

This project uses the gifted monologist Spalding Gray - who committed suicide in 2004 - as a focus for an investigation into the compelling connection between creativity and mental illness, particularly manic-depressive illness or bipolar disorder. Its central metaphors - the condemned Sibell-Wolle Fine Arts building and the mind/body interface - provide both concrete and abstract frameworks for this investigation. The formal aspects of the project - a series of video projections triggered by an interactive interface - are constructed so as to provide the viewer with some empathetic understanding of both the frustration and creative potential of manic-depressive illness.

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