Date of Award


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Degree Name


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Fine Arts


Fine Arts

Major Professor

Kathy Rodriguez

Second Advisor

Anthony Campbell

Third Advisor

Anna Mecugni


This ensemble is a (geo)autobiographical affirmation of the activities of water bodies, fiberboard drum barrel containers, and sound as well as their attendant rituals of belonging amongst People of Sub-Saharan African descent, particularly those belonging to the Caribbean diaspora.

Water as an ever-present life source serves as a dynamic metaphor for Caribbean people’s instinctive travel in and outside of the region’s soluble boundaries. The barrel container, often in transit analogizes the apprehension of displacement, congregation, arrival, or destination towards the desired feeling of security or place.

Elements of ritualistic practices located in migratory movement, music and labor are means of reconciling the interconnectedness of diasporic Peoples through various forms of material and visual culture and customs.


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