Jessica Bardsley

Jessica Bardsley

Ph.D. candidate, Art, Film, and Visual Studies

Dissertation topic:
My dissertation entitled Fluid Materialisms: Contemporary Art, Posthumanism, and the Ages of Water argues that water's association with fluid conceptions of materiality evidences a largely overlooked posthumanist strain in post-sixties art, connecting art to the environment and contexts outside of the art world. I contend that some post-sixties art liquefied, rather than dematerialized, sourcing water’s association with life to renegotiate the boundaries between humans, nonhumans, and their shared environments. This research builds from my article “Fluid Histories: Luce Irigaray, Michel Serres, and the Ages of Water,” which was published in philoSOPHIA: A Journal of Continental Feminism.

Research methods: 
Textual analysis, visual analysis

Areas of interest:
Art and cinema (particularly in relation to identity and the politics of representation); Feminist philosophy; Ecofeminism, Indigenous feminist ecology, and other intersections between ecology and gender studies

Additional information:
MFA, Film, Video and New Media (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
MA, Visual and Critical Studies (School of the Art Institute of Chicago)
BA, Cultural Studies (New College of Florida)