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Sara Shields-Rivard

Sara Shields-Rivard

Thesis Title 

Working Title: Designing Queer Time And Space: Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux and Her Sapphic Modernity

Program

MA - Art History

Supervisor

Dr. John Potvin

Research Interests

  • Sexuality & Gender Studies
  • Visual & Material Culture
  • Fashion History
  • Interior Design History

Biography 

Sara Shields-Rivard obtained her BFA with Distinction at Concordia University, majoring in Music (specialization in classical voice) and minoring in Art History. Her current thesis research explores the life and work of Elizabeth Eyre de Lanux, an American artist-designer, working primarily in Paris during the interwar period, alongside her romantic and creative business partner, Evelyn Wyld. This research touches on queer temporality, modernism and primitivism, as well as sapphic modernity within the context of visual and material culture studies. Her research interests extend towards the history of fashion and secondhand materials, space and memory, as well as sensory studies (particularly sound). Additionally, she is currently the Intern of Education, Community Engagement, and Cultural Programs at the McCord Museum. She is also an artist, musician and performer, working under the name Artemisia, who has played and exhibited her work at local events and festivals, like POP Montreal, Rap Battle for Social Justice and Concordia University's annual 60x60.

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