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DURESSE, FRANCOISE Associate Professor

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Research

research overview

  • My research focus is on the Caribbean's history, culture and literature. My work addresses the relationship between spoken and body language, memory and place, geographical and social displacement. I experiment with narrating a story from beginning to end using traditional and non-traditional media, such as digital collage art books, sound design, performance, filmmaking, drawing and painting. I am profoundly engaged in the study of works by Katherine Dunham, Jean Rouch, Marcel Proust, Frantz Fanon, Henri Bergson, and Martin Hägglund, to further my explorations into time, memory, trauma and death. Pursuing that line of investigation, the narrative in my current works shifts back and forth between participation and observation and redraws the boundaries between historical fact and personal fiction by questioning how one may regain access to the idea of a 'frozen moment' through fragments of memory and the prism of the recollected.

keywords

  • painting, drawing, photography, digital printmaking, digital collage art books, sound design, ceramics, installation arts, filmmaking, performance, systemic racism, traditional draftsmanship, digital technology, global narrative, post-colonialism, migratory, participation, observation, time, memory, trauma, caribbean, caribbean's history, vodou, religion, death, marcel proust, paul ricœur, jacques derrida, and martin hägglund, historical fact, personal fiction, haiti, jamaica, benin, togo

Teaching

courses taught

  • ARTS 1212 - Painting for Non-Majors
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Explores varied painting techniques. Introduces concepts relevant to the understanding of painting and the creative process. May not be repeated.
  • ARTS 2022 - Beginning Drawing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Emphasizes proportion and perspective through observation based drawing. Students are introduced to various drawing materials and learn to translate what they see into drawing media using two basic subjects: still-life and the figure.
  • ARTS 3012 - Figure Drawing
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Explores varied drawing techniques and media. Introduces concepts relevant to the understanding of drawing and the creative process. May not be repeated. Formerly ARTS 2002.
  • ARTS 3017 - Special Topics in Studio Arts
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018
    Introduces timely subjects in studio arts courses that cannot be offered on a regular basis. Information concerning the topics in any given semester is available prior to pre-registration from the department of Art and Art History. May be repeated up to 7 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 4002 - Advanced Drawing/Portfolio
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Continuation of Drawing 3. Advanced studio class in drawing for creative expression and individual portfolio development. Emphasis varies by semester;contact individual instructor for more information. May be repeated up to 12 total credit hours.
  • ARTS 4126 - Digital Art 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Offers studio experience using personal computer in the generation and processing of imagery in the visual arts. Same as ARTS 5126.
  • ARTS 4717 - Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 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 5126 - Digital Art 2
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Offers studio experience using personal computer in the generation and processing of imagery in the visual arts. Same as ARTS 4126.
  • ARTS 5717 - Graduate Studio Critique
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019
    May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours with any single faculty member.

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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