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I Want a Man Who: Desires, Wishes, Ideals, and Expectations in Women’s Online Personal Ads

2010, Master of Fine Arts, Ohio State University, Art.
I begin this paper by describing how a string of failed relationships led me to investigate the ever-growing contemporary realm of online dating, from Match.com online profiles to the community posting boards of Craigslist.org. I discuss how a little curiosity turned into appreciation, commiseration, and eventually a collection of funny, poignant, and surprisingly specific requests from women in the form of appropriated excerpts from personal ad postings from the “Women Seeking Men” section of the Craigslist.org webpage for the Columbus, Ohio, area. This collection was the basis for my installations I Want a Man Who… and Wish Lists, that were exhibited in the 2010 Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition: Me and You and Everyone We Know at the OSU Urban Arts Space in Columbus, Ohio, from April 21 to May 20, 2010. Chapters two and three describe the installations in detail as well as the processes it took to make them, the underpinning ideas, and the artists who inspired me. In Chapter 2, I also spend time outlining the history and importance of hand embroidery in colonial American women’s marriageability and in contemporary art making. I conclude by discussing some of the transitions in my art practice, primarily as they relate to my shifting from photography to a more multi-media practice, with strong ties to traditional decorative arts and appropriation.
Tony Mendoza (Advisor)
Suzanne Silver (Committee Member)
Sergio Soave (Committee Member)
79 p.

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