Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Unveiled Pandemonium is a body of work that acknowledges my struggles, as a woman, with skewed self-perception and how frayed, decayed bits of self-love affect interaction with daily life: the public sphere versus the private. Using both large-scale graphite drawings and intimately sized, full-color digital narrative sequences, I portray movement, as a state of freedom, while capturing each character in a position of physical or emotional constraint. To increase the tension each figure interacts with another visually and in narrative; a war with the self begins. Within the engagement of internal and external tensions, each character’s body becomes a battlefield as she strives to find self-fulfillment through uninhibited freedom from constraint. This thesis briefly examines the perceived ancient ideal of womanhood and explores how capitalism has had a hand in the construction of the modern ideal of womanhood based upon the writings of John Berger, Carolyn Knapp and Jena Pincott. Lastly, this paper contextualizes Unveiled Pandemonium within the current art and ideas of Jenny Saville, Lisa Yuskavage, Katerina Jebb and Nan Goldin among others.
Document Availability at the Time of Submission
Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.
Johnson, Christina Marie, "Unveiled pandemonium" (2011). LSU Master's Theses. 2332.