Semester of Graduation

Summer 2020

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

College of Art and Design

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

My work has focused largely on identity and self-expression, primarily through clothing, pattern, and color as a symbolic content. Having heavily investigated historical costume and clothing from various periods, my attention is drawn to the highly sculptural and ornamented garments of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the rococo, and the baroque. In these colorful and puffed garments, I am attracted to the similarities that I see in nature. How we adorn ourselves mimics various flowers, plants and animals in the pursuit of desire and procreation. Focusing on fabric manipulation, printmaking and sculpture, In the Garden coalesces into ambiguous sculptures that represent beauty, garishness, nature and desire.

Committee Chair

Koptcho, Leslie

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