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Roth, Yumi J Associate Professor

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Research

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  • Yumi Janairo Roth explores ideas of immigration, hybridity, & displacement through installations & objects, collaborations & solo projects. For example, she’s built shipping pallets & dollies, modified them with culturally specific patterns & reintroduced them to various sites. She’s re-imagined how maps might function in here & abroad & what those maps might tell us about both users & producers. She’s made chainlink fence from silver & introduced it to vacant lots filled with construction debris. Intensive labor is necessary to produce these projects yet these aspects are not made immediately apparent to the casual viewer. By suppressing these normally foregrounded attributes, & by extension the trappings of conventional “beauty,” the viewer is forced to reconcile disparate visual languages found in the same object. In all of these projects her works function as both natives & interlopers to their environments, simultaneously recognizable & unfamiliar to their users.

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  • sculpture, temporary, site-based installations and site-based projects, photography, material culture and anthrolopogy as they intersect with contemporary art, ideas around immigration, diaspora, and hybridity

Teaching

courses taught

  • ARTS 4154 - Metalsmithing 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to the fundamental techniques used in metalsmithing, including cold and hot fabrication techniques, forming and coloring. Through projects, discussions, readings and demonstrations, students will learn how to create, analyze, understand and critique contemporary metalwork. Projects will focus on design and concept development, while enhancing students' technical and problem-solving skills. Same as ARTS 5154.
  • ARTS 4504 - Advanced Sculpture Studio
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Students in this course will be required to complete projects, participate in group critiques of projects, produce a slide presentation on a contemporary artist whose work/practice fits within the theme of the course and prepare a final portfolio. Studio work and demonstrations will be augmented by readings and discussions on contemporary art. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 4717 - Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Consists of consultations with faculty on individual studio problems and projects. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours. Department consent required.
  • ARTS 5154 - Metalsmithing 1
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2019
    Introduces students to the fundamental techniques used in metalsmithing, including cold and hot fabrication techniques, forming and coloring. Through projects, discussions, readings and demonstrations, students will learn how to create, analyze, understand and critique contemporary metalwork. Projects will focus on design and concept development, while enhancing students' technical and problem-solving skills. Same as ARTS 4154.
  • ARTS 5504 - Graduate Sculpture
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    May be repeated up to 18 credit hours.
  • ARTS 5717 - Graduate Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with any single faculty member.
  • FYSM 1000 - First Year Seminar
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Provide first year students with an immersive experience in an interdisciplinary topic that addresses current issues including social, technical and global topics. Taught by faculty from across campus, the course provides students with an opportunity to interact in small classes, have project based learning experiences and gain valuable communication skills. Seminar style classes focused on discussion and projects.

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