Thesis Excerpts

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...

Body and Object

Modified from Cultural Woman Value (2016 MFA Thesis) “The body has been made so problematic for women that it has often seemed easier to shrug it off and travel as a disembodied spirit.”—Adrienne Rich In The Beauty Myth, author Naomi Wolf researches how the advertising industry turned women’s worth into the quest for the “perfect” face...

Cult of Domesticity

Modified from Cultural Woman Value (2016 MFA Thesis) The unique and engaging qualities of soft sculpture bear fertile ground for feminist content. Often crafted through traditionally feminine disciplines, soft sculpture possesses a certain aura. Exploration into the language of domesticity has precedence in the work of artist Martha Rosler. Tackling the problem of housewifery in...