Title

Body image.

Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation

5-2015

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.

Department

Fine Arts

Degree Program

Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA

Committee Chair

Siddiqui, Yasmeen

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Kim, Jongwoo Jeremy

Committee Member

Bertacco, Simona

Subject

Women in art--Exhibitions; Art--Exhibitions--Kentucky--Louisville

Abstract

My thesis and the corresponding exhibition will look at contemporary artists, specifically Jen Davis, Lauren Greenfield, Leslie Lyons and Licia Priest, who examine and oppose the negative effects that art and pop culture have had on perceptions of the female body and, especially, on women’s perceptions of their own bodies. Focusing on the last three decades, I will contextualize my exhibition by examining art historical and feminist texts that analyze representations of female bodies. My project will be informed by contemporary psychological and sociological studies of women’s attitudes towards their bodies: Joan Brumberg’s The Body Project, Naomi Wolf’s The Beauty Myth and Susan Bordo’s Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture and the Body. The exhibition will encompass multiple media works (photography, sculpture, and painted glass), which are mainly created by women artists. My goal is to evaluate the current discussion concerning the spectacle of women and its impact on womanhood and to see the ways in which the recent developments in gender studies can help us renegotiate the terms of body politics.

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