Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Visual Art
This thesis explores my practice as an artist and my work’s cultural, theoretical and social contexts, such carnival theory, feminist studies and film studies, as well as references to mythology and my own biography. I discuss forms of representation of gendered identities through my work in drawing, performance, animation, video and installation.
The masks we wear become as real as our bare face. Through the act of doubling the representation, my thesis work BECOMING/a fine line situates the mask as the mediator between reflections, mirroring the identity and the notion of performativity. Embracing a certain incompleteness and embodying the theoretical idea of becoming, my work relies on the ill-defined and immediate drawing quality to reflect the perpetually unrealized performance of a stable and fixed identity.
Program Director's Department
Graduate School of Art
Shelton, Melissa, "Creatures of Play" (2017). Graduate School of Art Theses. ETD 92. https://doi.org/10.7936/K70R9MVW.