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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Wells, Alair Dyan
Author's Email Address adw037@msn.com
URN etd-10122004-135222
Title Thick Skinned
Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Department Art
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Kelli Scott Kelley Committee Chair
Kimberly Arp Committee Member
Leslie Koptcho Committee Member
Malcolm McClay Committee Member
Tom Neff Committee Member
Keywords
  • suck
  • body
  • house/home
  • installation
  • sculpture
  • trade
  • hair
Date of Defense 2003-12-03
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
“Thick Skinned” is a series of sculptures using the domestic structure as a metaphor for the body. Issues of sexuality, gender roles, and domesticity are explored in this mixed-media installation. Viewer interaction with the work is encouraged for a complete sensual experience.

The body and home are protective, yet fragile and delicately vulnerable. My work confronts notions of beauty and cruelty, bodily function and presence, with a focus on gender-biased social conventions in our culture.

Conceptually, the work is autobiographical in nature, as it pertains to my experiences as a woman. Universally, it deals with the merging of sexuality and domesticity.

This body of work revolves around a motif that is beautiful and grotesque, yet playful, resulting in a surreal landscape of strange fantasy.

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