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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Onodera, Isoko
URN etd-06032011-162726
Title Myths and Realities
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Celentano, Denyce Committee Chair
Kelley, Kelli Scott Committee Member
Koptcho, Leslie Committee Member
Neff, Thomas Committee Member
Smith, Ed Committee Member
  • Mythology in Figurative Painting
Date of Defense 2011-04-25
Availability unrestricted
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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