Semester of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
These photographs and writing are a set of offerings, collected as part of an intensive examination of myself and my contentious relationship with self-image. I first established which traits in my personality represent me best. I landed on my fatness, my queerness, my southernness, and my penchant for caring. Then I took a deep dive into each of those four themes with the objective of uncovering both the areas of exaltation and spaces of hurt within them. The images that result are both confrontational and gentle. It is my hope that the uncompromising honesty within these offerings communicates that while a positive self-image is desirable, a perfect one is unrealistic, and it is the journey towards it that uncovers the ripest fruit.
Patin, Diana C., "Offerings" (2021). LSU Master's Theses. 5434.