Thesis

Gender and the sociopolitical body

My work explores the relationship between the female body and contemporary cultural, political, and societal manifestations of gender. Autobiographical in their genesis, these representational paintings use allegory to illustrate my experience as an American woman living in today's society. Not only do I examine religion's role in the depiction of women and draw on art historical portrayals of the female body, but I also apply personal stories, diverse perspectives gleaned from various regions in which I have lived, and media reports in order to cultivate an informed narrative. The insertion of aestheticized and nuanced visual cues encourages access to each painting and allows the work to generate a more meaningful conversation about the ideas that compel me to paint.

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