Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Studio Art and Design, MFA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
abortion; art; drawing; printmaking; ultrasound; Ohio River; monotype
Waiting Room is an installation of drawings and monotypes that re-envision everyday printed materials common in medical offices. The brochures, poster, bulletin board and children’s ABC book in this Waiting Room offer guidance suggest invasive and dysfunctional policy. A door opens onto a further room, where a hundred ultrasound images cascade onto the floor. This work, called Transducer Phosphene is the product of a fictional character’s encounter with a cruel (and not fictive) abortion policy. Waiting Room is the fruit of an inquiry that spanned my three years of study at the Hite Art Institute, a probing into the politics of ubiquitous measurements. With paper and ink, I asked: When does measurement become surveillance? When does it construct rather than reflect human interiority? And how, in a world intent on measuring, do I hold on to other ways of knowing?
Payne, Helen, "Waiting room." (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3188.