Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2012

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina West

Second Advisor

Craig Drennen

Third Advisor

Ruth Stanford

Fourth Advisor

Michael Wsol


Putting Lipstick on a Sculpture is a mixed body of sculptural and two-dimensional work investigating our society’s superficial expectations of beauty. The glitzy covers of glitter and spandex are used over more traditional structural materials to confuse the viewer’s expectations, much like labels categorizing usual fine art. The sculptures are on display for the audience’s aesthetic judgments, while paintings blur lines of what is classified as traditional and acceptable for emphasis.