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Vaalbara (Thesis Paper)

Master of Visual Studies, University of Toronto
April 2014

Prologue

The following thesis paper accompanies the body of artwork that I have been creating throughout the past two years of the 'Master of Visual Studies' program. To a large extent, the form and content of this paper are derived directly from the ideas and processes of my artistic work. For this reason, this thesis is written in an aphoristic format that consists of various textual meditations that can be read in any order, with each fragment touching upon key reoccurring themes of my artwork and working process. The goal of this thesis paper is to propose terrains of thought, reflections and questions that are meant to be considered in dialogue with the exhibited work.

The exhibited body of artwork constitutes of several overlapping narratives, manifest in varied artistic mediums, that unfold by means of a series of artistic revelations in dialogue with a fragmented, poetic manuscript of my late grandfather.
Since he passed away when I was nearly fourteen years old, I have been left with a strong sense of loss. His diverse manuscript and artistic work, although insignificant for me at that time, has become of increasing important to me. By telling a story and re-imagining the narratives, I interpret in and through this personal archive. The current body of artwork tries to recreate the possibility of a shared biography through an artistic dialogue.

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