Dr. Kent’s work theorizes how visual and linguistic rhetorical devices constrain what we see by exploring their historical and political context. Her current research investigates the absurd in contemporary art and speculative design. She writes for academic journals (Word and Image, Leonardo, Journal of Visual Culture, etc) and general audience magazines (Art Review, BOMB, Wired, among others), with a monthly panel and column on Art and Technology for the Brooklyn Rail, where she is also an Editor-at-Large. Prior to academia, she developed education for the eyecare industry and managed an art school located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her specialization includes visual culture, media studies, digital culture, emergent technologies, contemporary art, history of aesthetics, ekphrasis, narrative theory, deconstruction, critical theory, surrealism, and the absurd.