Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Art (Creative) and Art History with a concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies, MA
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Kim, Jongwoo Jeremy
Women in art--Exhibitions; Art--Exhibitions--Kentucky--Louisville
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.
Sharps, Emma 1989-, "Body image." (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2135.