Clare Barloon

BA Honors | Art History


I am an Art History and Global Affairs double major with a Peace Studies concentration and a minor in French.  I am from Bethesda, Maryland, right outside of Washington D.C.  At Notre Dame, I have worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Madhav Joshi in the Kroc School of International Peace Studies and as a Strategy Tutor for student athletes.  I am passionate about mining the intersections of Peace Studies and contemporary art, with a specific interest in how art can visualize and communicate some of the abstract concepts that shape the field of Peace Studies.


This thesis examines the work of two contemporary female artists—Minia Biabiany (b. 1988), a Guadeloupean installation and video artist, and Cecilia Vicuña (b. 1948), a Chilean artist who works primarily with installation, performance and sculpture.  Their works address the intersections of environmentalism and post-colonialism, from positions on the “peripheries” of a Euro-Amero-centric world.  In this essay, I explore how both artists figure slow violence, a form of violence that dispenses harm gradually and in potentially invisible ways, into their work by employing strategies of abstraction and foregrounding connectivity in their constructions.  I argue that these works are uniquely suited to address the challenge of figuring those harms that are most difficult to name and comprehend.

The Formless Form: Figuring Ecology and Slow Violence in the Art of Minia Biabiany and Cecilia Vicuña