Title of Abstract

I Am More Than You Are Prepared For

Submitting Student(s)

Ryan RossFollow

Session Title

Creative Expressions-Session3

Faculty Mentor

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.; osteenc@winthrop.edu

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Faculty Mentor

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.

Abstract

I Am More Than You Are Prepared For is a body of three works about vulnerability and reformation. Throughout my life, I have had relationships, familial, sexual, romantic, and platonic that have left me feeling nostalgic, livid, scared, lost, regretful, and many other feelings. I have hurt and caused hurt. I have lost my identity and found it again. I have struggled coming to terms with my intimacy problems, being non-binary, and my self-worth. This is only the beginning of me figuring out that life is not the stagnant ideal I once thought it to be. We can heal and transform into better or worse versions of ourselves. I Am More Than You Are Prepared For is just the beginning of this exploration of healing and bettering myself. I vocalize the feelings of regret, loss, anger, and the realization that I deserve better by honing into the phrase “I am more than you are prepared for” through fiber mediums such as yarn, cloth, quilting and embroidery. This communication is either written directly to or in a silent conversation with them. I did not make this as just a reflection, but rather, a point of forgiveness for all the hurt I have experienced and given. This is me forgiving myself.

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Performance Description

Artist talk; 7 minutes

Start Date

16-4-2021 2:54 PM

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Apr 16th, 2:54 PM

I Am More Than You Are Prepared For

I Am More Than You Are Prepared For is a body of three works about vulnerability and reformation. Throughout my life, I have had relationships, familial, sexual, romantic, and platonic that have left me feeling nostalgic, livid, scared, lost, regretful, and many other feelings. I have hurt and caused hurt. I have lost my identity and found it again. I have struggled coming to terms with my intimacy problems, being non-binary, and my self-worth. This is only the beginning of me figuring out that life is not the stagnant ideal I once thought it to be. We can heal and transform into better or worse versions of ourselves. I Am More Than You Are Prepared For is just the beginning of this exploration of healing and bettering myself. I vocalize the feelings of regret, loss, anger, and the realization that I deserve better by honing into the phrase “I am more than you are prepared for” through fiber mediums such as yarn, cloth, quilting and embroidery. This communication is either written directly to or in a silent conversation with them. I did not make this as just a reflection, but rather, a point of forgiveness for all the hurt I have experienced and given. This is me forgiving myself.