Title

Unseen

Date of Award

5-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Christina A. West

Second Advisor

Jill Frank

Third Advisor

Susan Richmond

Abstract

Unseen is a collection of figurative sculptures that explore the multitude of physical reactions and emotional repercussions of a body living in pain. I draw my inspiration from my own chronic disease, endometriosis, and from all the people who are stigmatized for living with invisible chronic pain conditions. My work shows the invisible interior experience of extreme pain that can isolate a person from the world and leave them feeling disconnected from their own body. I am representing the everyday moments that result from the body undergoing pain or stress by exaggerating and distorting the body’s exterior, using it to communicate the interior feelings of agony, exhaustion, depression, anger, weight, fragility and disconnection caused by an invisible disease. These assemblages render visible the typically unseen physical and emotional toll taken by chronic pain and trauma.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.57709/28958922

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