Bears Wearing Clothes
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
From the Land of Mary, to S.S. Wellesley, into employment at the New York City Parks Department and then to that New Age Circus by the Sea, Lots of Lost Angeles, L. Crittenden sifts through the containers of culture, sexuality and meaning. She is looking for her heritage. She is looking for home. She is looking to get her financial aid’s worth. And she is always, frantically, looking to get laid. L. imbibes figurative and literal signs, sometimes assimilating into the structures of school and work, and other times rejecting them. Commercialization of Appalachian hillbilly culture, sexuality, and childhood playthings are the external ingredients to this bisexual scrapbooker’s quest. What makes her more than just a vessel of references is her constant arranging and re-arranging of her references and her attempts to master her environment with her body. She learns that no external system of meaning-making can read her, and that ultimately, she must create meaning from the interaction between her body and the fragments of simulacra that make up her landscape. This is a story of a woman who makes her own meaning.
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Barker, Alison, "Bears Wearing Clothes" (2010). LSU Master's Theses. 753.