Date of Award

Spring 5-14-2016

Author's School

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts

Author Department/Program

Graduate School of Art

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art

Degree Type



My artistic practice deals with identifying and breaking down expectations that are placed on women in America; both in their personal and public lives. I have combined the ideologies of two previous feminist art movements: The Pattern and Design, and Deconstructivist movements. This creates a visual language that is unique to my time, while acknowledging the successes and contributions of the past. This thesis will analyze how my work draws elements from the past and expands upon those ideas to progress the feminist plight.


English (en)

Program Director

Patricia Olynyk

Program Director's Department

Graduate School of Art

Committee Member

Heather Bennett

Committee Member

Heather Bennett

Committee Member

Richard Krueger

Committee Member

Andrea Stanislav

Artist's Statement

My work deals with identifying and breaking down expectations, specifically pejorative feminine tropes in America. I select objects that represent larger social structures and use a method of deconstruction to destabilize and transform both the subject matter and the institution(s) that it represents. By problematizing the object, I call into question the arbitrary societal norms it represents. Dismantling the item encourages the audience to reexamine the larger existing social structures by metaphorically displaying the elements that composed these reductive ideas. I use my practice to address such issues that I find unsettling: gender inequality, objectification, and the trivialization of historically feminine practices.

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