Title

Between

Abstract

I’m finally finding safety through learning to set boundaries in my life, which has carried into my artwork as physical barriers, whether worn or observed. Through the protection of volume, space, netting, and sharp objects, I can reclaim control over my immediate surroundings and my body. My sculptures were constructed to protect the body. As I dove deeper into why that brings me comfort, I realized it’s a reaction to the current culture that objectifies women’s bodies. This is specifically significant to me as I grew up subjugated to purity culture within the Evangelistic Christian church, which often leaves young women shameful of themselves. Additionally, experiencing assault has compounded this feeling of shame and lack of control over my body. My thesis work is a response to that feeling. I am finding healing through boundaries, finding safety in the Between.

Publication Date

5-5-2022

Document Type

Thesis

Student Type

Graduate

Degree Name

Metals and Jewelry Design (MFA)

Department, Program, or Center

School of Art (CAD)

Advisor

Leonard Urso

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Advisor/Committee Member

Elizabeth Kronfield

Campus

RIT – Main Campus

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