Advertising & Media

Modified from Cultural Woman Value (2016 MFA Thesis) The standards within femininity began to change through the 1960s and 1970s. Expressing dissatisfaction within domestic confinement, women demanded lives outside of the home. Women set about to redefine cultural woman value from its cage of domesticity to contributor of culture. The mass media, now synonymous with the advertising...

Cultural Woman Value

Modified from Cultural Woman Value (2016 MFA Thesis) The American woman has always been measured against problematic standards of feminine ideals. No woman, no matter how charmed her young life, can prepare herself for the onset of ignorance and prejudice embedded within her adult environment. On a daily basis, women encounter criticism aimed at their very...

Pop Art

With pop art sculpture, I find that the rejection of abstraction communicates with a wider audience, a distinctive device of Pop artists. Artist Claes Oldenburg gained enormous recognition during the Pop art movement when he launched into his three-dimensional manifestations of large scale, soft sculptures resembling every-day cultural objects. Oldenburg usually chose food or objects of...

The Gender Binary

How do we deconstruct sexism ingrained within “cultural woman value?” In a quest to understand my own past, my curious choices, mistakes, fears, and self-doubt, I look to psychology and neuroscience for insight. Historically, the disciplines of neuroscience and psychology have assigned value to women and men based on difference, and this difference, in turn, has...