Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2021

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina A. West

Second Advisor

Jess Jones

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

ABSTRACT

All people change as we develop. They embody a variety of roles at different stages of life. Carl Jung refers to these roles as Archetypes. Folklore, mythology, and Chakra Systems explore and illustrate Archetypes making them easily relatable. In Knowing Together With an Other, I represent some of the Archetypes I have embodied during my own life. My sculptures depict stereotyped versions of femininity: the seductress, the lover, the mother, and the martyr, they are influenced by Western visual culture, folklore, and personal experience. To create the figures, I combine a life cast of my body with different materials such as foam, wool, wax, wood, and textiles, each material embedding a different aura in its assigned figure. Doll and puppet joints allow the figures to assume a variety of poses and to show a sense of control. These figures encourage personal reflection on our phases of life and personal growth.

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