Identifier

etd-10122004-135222

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

“Thick Skinned” is a series of sculptures using the domestic structure as a metaphor for the body. Issues of sexuality, gender roles, and domesticity are explored in this mixed-media installation. Viewer interaction with the work is encouraged for a complete sensual experience. The body and home are protective, yet fragile and delicately vulnerable. My work confronts notions of beauty and cruelty, bodily function and presence, with a focus on gender-biased social conventions in our culture. Conceptually, the work is autobiographical in nature, as it pertains to my experiences as a woman. Universally, it deals with the merging of sexuality and domesticity. This body of work revolves around a motif that is beautiful and grotesque, yet playful, resulting in a surreal landscape of strange fantasy.

Date

2004

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Kelli Scott Kelley

Included in

Fine Arts Commons

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