Title page for ETD etd-11042011-095705

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Johnson, Christina Marie
Author's Email Address cjoh173@lsu.edu
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
  • digital collage
  • feminism
  • 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
Unveiled 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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