Date of Award

12-15-2006

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Degree Program

Fine Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Major Professor

Gertjejansen, Doyle

Second Advisor

Saucedo, Christopher

Third Advisor

Hayes, Cheryl

Abstract

My work is about becoming and un-becoming. I seek to capture a time of transition and possibility. The pre-pubescent girls in my drawings are actually reduced versions of me, going back to a time of innocence and potential, and I multiply them as a means of selfexploration. They split apart, re-combine, and re-configure, trying to make a new whole. They are rendered with detailed accuracy, yet the world around them is empty, like a partially recalled memory. In this thesis, I will explore the use of the self-portrait, twinning, and re-configuration as they relate to identity, memory, and nostalgia. I will investigate the surrealist aspects as well as the different types of space--psychological, illusional, and physical--and how they work together as part of the narrative. Finally, I will investigate how the work can be both seductive and discomforting to the viewer.

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