Title

At Odds

Date of Award

5-11-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina A West

Second Advisor

Craig Drenne

Third Advisor

Ryan Rasmussen

Abstract

At Odds playfully combines biomorphic ceramic sculptures with pieces of domestic furniture to investigate the emotional impact of juxtaposing the everyday with the strange. To create this body of work, I relied upon theories of The Uncanny and The Aesthetic of The Strange to help conceive of ways to communicate a complex range of emotions. At Odds utilizes elements within The Aesthetic of The Strange such as The Uncanny, The Unsettling, and The Incomprehensible to provoke feelings of discomfort by creating unusual, awkward relationships between these visually distinct elements. The discomfort in these works echoes difficult moments in my family’s history and explores the lingering effects of those moments. By appearing vulnerable, weak, and weird – yet familiar – these works also reveal how I view myself and echo the discomfort which I feel when faced with emotional expression.

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