Quilting, Cross-Stitch, and Community: The Technological Enhancement of Artistic Focal Practices in the Work of Chawne Kimber

Nova McConnico Seals, Salve Regina University

Abstract

This study interrogates the use of technology by an artist, Chawne Kimber, to examine the incorporation of technology and its impact on artistic processes, identity affirmation, and authenticity. With Heideggerian theory serving as a methodological framework, a thorough survey of Kimber’s social media accounts combined with critical analysis of the artwork she exhibited online was conducted in the course of analyzing her use of technology to document artistic practices, engage with and establish artistic communities, and share and display art. Qualitative analysis of Kimber’s social media accounts and her use of social media suggest there is a strong relation between mindful incorporation of technology into an artist’s process and practice and the creation of meaningful work. Based on the results of the evidentiary analysis of Kimber’s thoughts and artistic processes shared on social media, I argue that it is possible to incorporate technology into artistic activity in the endeavor to live a good life as well as a life of authenticity. Furthermore, the intentional integration of technology into artistic activity and focal practices can heighten an artist’s engagement with art while serving as a basis for reconsideration of technology and one’s relationship to it.

Subject Area

Philosophy|Aesthetics|Web Studies

Recommended Citation

Seals, Nova McConnico, "Quilting, Cross-Stitch, and Community: The Technological Enhancement of Artistic Focal Practices in the Work of Chawne Kimber" (2019). Doctoral Dissertations. AAI27664032.
https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/dissertations/AAI27664032

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