Date of Award

Spring 5-31-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Degree Program

Fine Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Major Professor

Jeffery Rinehart

Second Advisor

Cheryl Hayes

Third Advisor

Daniel Rule

Abstract

Working with found imagery and objects, I explore sculptural processes and manipulated photographic methods as a metaphor for mental and physical transformation. Creating large scale cyanotypes that are exposed on painter’s linen, I have developed a unique process for stretching and coating linen that allows me to make images that feel more like paintings than photographs. Reflecting and analyzing aspects of my adult life, I present images and objects that challenge traditional gender roles that were impressed upon me throughout my up-bringing. My process is defined by experimentation. During the exposure of the image, dramatic shifts occur that allow for both distortion and a clarity of light within the final artwork. I convey ideas of shame, fear, and isolation related to the perpetual objectification of women in our modern world. While I certainly recognize this issue of subjugating women stems from a long history and has strongly impacted many groups of women, my work is a dissection of my own personal and direct experience with this topic.

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