This BFA thesis researches how cultural myths surrounding art and artists creates a material reality of abuse within contemporary art institutions. It is the outcome of several nights of feverish, stream-of-consciousness writing, which were part academic and discursive grappling, part anger therapy, part exercise in waving my The Personal Is Political flag. I weave together strings of research, strings of storytelling and strings of drawing as I critically interrogate discursive rhetorics at the heart of the mythologies of art that facilitate the act of looking away from abuse.
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