Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
Inspired by the dichotomy of beauty and the grotesque in relation to the female body, I set out to both find a balance and interrupt the balance between the two with my artistic practice. Defining beauty as something more significant and meaningful than a pretty image and the abject as something that inspires repulsion, I sought to find connection between the two. Through creating abject textures surrounding nude female forms, I discovered an underlying trauma latent in the artistic expressions of my work. The process of creating abject works of art has lead to catharsis and posttraumatic growth in my personal life and artistic practice. Through the work I have found beauty in the abject and abjection in beauty.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Kirk, Christy R., "Finding Cathartic Beauty in Trauma and Abjection" (2014). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 7. https://doi.org/10.7936/K7Z31WJ8.