Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta)
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Photography
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Photography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 36-37).
"veneer (ve•neer) /vəˈni(ə)r/ - n. A thin decorative covering.(1) A superficially valuable or pleasing appearance.(2) v. Cover or disguise (someone or something’s true nature) with an attractive appearance.(3) 'Veneers' is an invitation to view the surface underneath, the veneer revealed. This work expresses the dichotomy of turning inside out what we all seek to hide behind in order for me to expose what is innermost within myself. The tone of human nature is bound to the same black and white duality; it can only be perceived through a certain context, and it requires a participant. Therefore, we consistently view things through an inescapable bias. This idea addresses the world from an all or nothing point of view, but life is seldom all or nothing. Trying to live a life stretched from one plane to the other in a compromised world breeds discord. This thesis document and this work address how we construct veneers to wear; they take an unflinching look at what such masks represent and what they hide. To bear witness, I am wearing all of these layers on the surface to expose the deep abiding feelings and self-destructive tendencies that have wreaked havoc on so much of my life."
Keywords: Barthes, Plato, Appelt, Beuys, simulacrum, mimesis, referent, photograph, bias, communication, perception, self-harm, compulsion, humanity, discordance, acceptance, extremes, plastic, milk, lard, oil, blood, flour, mud, water, honey
CHAIR: Parker, Suellen
Turk, V. Elizabeth
PDF (37 pages): illustrations (some color)
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