Title page for ETD etd-01142010-103035

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Graves, Melissa McDonald
URN etd-01142010-103035
Title Becoming: Transformation and the Body
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Arp, Kimberly Committee Chair
Bower, Gerald Committee Member
Crespo, Michael Committee Member
Kelly, Kelly scott Committee Member
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
  • fabric
  • layers
  • body
Date of Defense 2009-12-15
Availability unrestricted
My intention is to focus on human flesh concentrating both on its imperfections as well as its beauty. Beauty is seen in the marks of age and imperfection as time forms the deepest wrinkle to the darkest mark. Cycles come in and out growing dark to light as cleansing takes place. Veils of material cover and hide inner feelings and thoughts as a shape unfolds itself in my hands. The forms soften and grow from one small stitch to a more complete shape. Successive layers of marks, represent hidden truths and human growth through the passage of time. Memories are fragile and impure and can easily become abstracted. I use layering of material to abstract and distort human forms. Through this exploration I hope to gain a better understanding of the nature and scope of human fragility and the mystery of existence.
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