Family Stories and Fairytales
Savannah, Ga. : Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Fibers
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Fibers
Includes bibliographical references (p.50-51).
This thesis focuses on the connection between narratives and identity and how these narratives have evolved in storytelling and artistic depictions. Fairytales are ageless and universal and give society a moral guide constructing cultural identity. That universal quality is what inspired artists to depict these fantastic worlds. In the work of Kiki Smith and Louise Bourgeois we see how each artist uses the structure of narrative to address their personal identities. Their use of narrative to show identity inspired the visual component of this thesis. I built my body of work around my deeply intense connection to my ancestral history. Our sharing of stories together has greatly helped to foster our group identity and is an activity that transforms that group into a family. Through the processes of drawings and paintings on fabric, paper and chipboard and the use of animal and floral imagery I have portrayed the good and bad moments that come hand in hand. Focusing on my heritage I constructed a fairytale version of my past and emphasized the significance that every moment in our lives plays in constructing identity.
CHAIR: First, Deborah
PDF: 51 p. : ill
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