Type of Document Master's Thesis Author Noble, Elizabeth Lorena URN etd-11122008-122047 Title Add, Subtract, and Multiply: Paintings Degree Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Department Art Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Edward Smith Committee Chair Kelli Scott Kelley Committee Member Mark Zucker Committee Member Michael Crespo Committee Member Rod Parker Committee Member Keywords
- figure painting
Date of Defense 2008-11-10 Availability unrestricted AbstractNoble, Elizabeth Lorena, B.A., University of Central Arkansas, 2005
Master of Fine Arts, Fall Commencement, 2008
Major: Studio Art
Add, Subtract, and Multiply: Paintings
Thesis directed by Professor Edward Smith
Pages in thesis, 44. Words in abstract, 209.
This thesis chronicles the daily rituals involved in personal grooming, adornment, and cosmetic use. As a woman and a painter, I appropriate the female figure in my work and use the body to provoke thought and conversation about the concept of the body as a workable surface. I see the body surface similarly to how I see the painting surface. In my work, the figure becomes her own artist, owning her own body, and manipulating it however she pleases in a series of up-close, private moments within intimate spaces.
The body, it seems, has always been viewed as a surface. There is a wealth of history surrounding the plastic manipulation of the physical body which informs my work as I trace grooming, adornment, and cosmetic usage across time and various Western cultures in this thesis. The image that contemporary mass media projects of the ideal female body and appearance sparks my interest to seek historical information that can explain the evolution of cultural aesthetics and ideologies that aids in understanding why we do what we do to our bodies. I then appropriate the “pressures” felt by women to alter their appearances by owning the idea of the body as a surface onto which one may add, subtract, or multiply.
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