Radical Abundance and the Politics of Optimism
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Rice Fire and Silence is intended to be an introduction to multiple social justice issues made for the audience of the day. Like many artists I am compelled by the dual forces of caring about a vast tangle of global issues and simultaneously craving the timeless joy of telling relatable stories that work. While every artist wants their work to be accessible by all, my work on this thesis relates to a fairly specific target audience I wish to inspire and provoke. The purpose of this exegesis is to discuss aspects of contemporary art and culture with a view to how they relate to narrative, voice and content in this creative process. The thesis, a novel titled Rice, Fire and Silence, is intended to tell a realistic and defiantly optimistic story through the eyes of a fictional character.