Parsons School of Design. Photography Department.
(sponsoring body)Jenna Choate
Escaping to a place of bold excessive desire creates an alternate universe for my mind to dwell. The overwhelming feeling of irrationality suddenly makes more sense than everyday life. If only our dreams and fantasies could become everyday living. Would they be dreams and fantasies anymore? The banal lifestyle of the modern, techno-savvy, working man saddens my spirit. When the pursuit of happiness is replaced with routine attempts at fitting in with social norms or doing enough to get by, a piece of mankind dies. I strongly advocate letting your mind and body roam free. My pursuit of happiness is completely letting go of my identity and indulging in a bizarre fantasyland of objects, videos, and photographs where sexual desire dictates action. When this happens I become self aware of my upbringing, my sensibility, my actions, and the creation of myself. In the process of letting go, I grasp. It is almost like the story of men wandering around the desert and coming back with theirs souls found, maybe even lost. The experience of fantasy and escapism should be seen as more philosophical than indulgent. In John Dewey’s book Art as Experience, Dewey describes experience as, “Things are experienced but not in such a way that they are composed into an experience. There is distraction and dispersion; what we observe and what we think, what we desire and what we get, are at odds with each other.” The tension of desire stems from a lack of something. The experience of desire and being unfulfilled becomes a process of retreat and dismay in which I uncover fantasies that could potentially be satisfying. I want to promote this experience, whether it is my fantasy or yours.
Jenna Choate. Untitled Thesis Project.
May 2009. Parsons School of Design MFA Photography program theses; 2009 Theses. New School Archives and Special Collections Digital Archive
. Web. 22 Sep 2019
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