Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Johnson, Christina Marie Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11042011-095705 Title Unveiled Pandemonium Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Department Art Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Celetano, Denyce Committee Chair Barr, Courtney Committee Member Bower, Gerald Committee Member Scott Kelley, Kelli Committee Member Zucker, Mark Committee Member Keywords
- digital collage
- John Berger
- graphite drawings
- Antonio Lopez Garcia
- Nan Goldin
- Lisa Yuskavage
- Jenny Saville
- Hanneline Rogeberg
- Ways of Seeing
- social biology
Date of Defense 2011-10-31 Availability unrestricted AbstractUnveiled Pandemonium is a body of work that acknowledges my struggles, as a woman,
with skewed self-perception and how frayed, decayed bits of self-love affect interaction with
daily life: the public sphere versus the private. Using both large-scale graphite drawings and
intimately sized, full-color digital narrative sequences, I portray movement, as a state of
freedom, while capturing each character in a position of physical or emotional constraint.
To increase the tension each figure interacts with another visually and in narrative; a war
with the self begins. Within the engagement of internal and external tensions, each
character’s body becomes a battlefield as she strives to find self-fulfillment through
uninhibited freedom from constraint.
This thesis briefly examines the perceived ancient ideal of womanhood and explores
how capitalism has had a hand in the construction of the modern ideal of womanhood based
upon the writings of John Berger, Carolyn Knapp and Jena Pincott. Lastly, this paper
contextualizes Unveiled Pandemonium within the current art and ideas of Jenny Saville, Lisa
Yuskavage, Katerina Jebb and Nan Goldin among others.
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