Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
My work explores the manifold personalities and roles of contemporary women, through depicting different female figures from western mythology. The mythic women in my paintings each have their own personalities, stories and roles to play, which are often conflicting in nature. By having my model act as a mythological character and by replacing the scenes from mythology with a contemporary setting, my paintings emphasize the universal and timeless essence of women. Each painting also utilizes the symbolic use of color to intensify the sensory experience of the viewer. The mythic figures I rendered are Proserpine, Venus, Psyche, Penelope, Artemis, and Athena. The first three were painted on large canvases in oil; the rest were created as monotypes on paper. To address the duality and complexity of human nature, I painted two different images for each character. Two different scenes were extracted from Greek mythology for oil paintings. For monotypes, the same image was altered into two different versions.
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Onodera, Isoko, "Myths and realities" (2011). LSU Master's Theses. 1554.