I’m Megan Bigelow, and I am a visual artist and MA student in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. I am so looking forward to reading and discussing everyone’s work, and to connecting with other feminist scholars through the workshop!
I work interdisciplinarily, and my primary research interests include queer and cultural studies, aesthetics, sexuality, and feminist ethics as they relate to the body, its capacities, its relations, and the materiality of discourses and rhetoric.
Currently, I combine the theoretical work I am doing with my artistic practices, which are broadly focused on the body, technology, and relations. All of my artistic and scholarly work is grounded within an anti-oppression framework.
Artistically, I primarily work with a flatbed scanner to produce images and use mostly found objects, food, and scans of the body to consider the transmission of affects and percepts, and how systems of power such as race, gender, sexuality, and bodily capacity/ability flow through the social, dynamic relation that occurs between artist, viewer, the artwork itself, and the interwoven materiality of these entities.
Much of my academic work is multimodal, and often incorporates process-based visual images with my written work and text concerning the topic at hand.
My projects and artistic work can be seen at my website, meganbigelow.com.
The work I will be sharing for the workshop is from the planning stages for my MA thesis, which approaches sexuality, bodily capacity, queerness, and the materiality of embodied rhetoric and discourses through readings by Luce Irigaray, Deleuze & Guattari, Rosi Braidotti, Derrida, Spinoza, Gilbert Simondon, Henri Bergson, and Beatriz Preciado. I am currently developing my theoretical framework, and what I am hoping to get out of the workshop is some feedback on my theoretical approach.
I am so looking forward to this week!
All my best,