Toppins, Aggie; Mandravelis, Stephen
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This paper details a series of paintings that explore how the language used virtually over direct messages (DMs) on social media platforms can allude to how complex notions of gender, violence, and behavior function in reality. This research questions how forms of communication or interaction exist within different spaces and contexts, as well as how the recontextualization of language can disrupt power and produce new forms of interpretation. This paper acts as a secondary source of knowledge in relation to the paintings under review and provides further explanation of their conceptual motivations. In particular, the paintings engage with Sara Ahmed’s theory of “sweaty concepts” through the process of laying handwriting in paint because both entities leave an irreversible mark behind, one that can be painted over but never fully erased.
This project was conducted under the guidance of three university art department faculty members: Health Shultz, Associate Professor of Art, Aggie Toppins, Department Head and UC Associate Professor of Graphic Design, and Dr. Stephen Mandravelis, Assistant Professor of Art History.
B. A.; An honors thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Digital media -- Social aspects; Social media; Social media -- Semiotics
Craft, Arden, "Complex conversations: a creative exploration into language used over direct messages on social media platforms" (2020). Honors Theses.