Date of Award

8-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Steve Loar, M.A.

Second Advisor

BA Harrington, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

Irene Kabala, Ph.D.

Abstract

My thesis exhibition Narrative Extrapolation will showcase the culmination of my interests in woodworking, sculpture, and literature in the narration of a tale told through visual means. A mixed media installation will be constructed in which furniture, dioramas, and found objects convey events from a psychological story that combines fairy tale and horror genres and features an archetypal hero. My story will correspond to the traditional role of the fairy tale as a narrative meant to entertain, inspire, and enlighten through the actions of a one-dimensional character involved in a successful quest. Investigating the role of installation and performance art as narrative storyteller, I will focus on creating an environment that will be as much about expressing a story as creating an atmosphere. Using dioramas and personally acting as the narrator of my tale, I will ask the viewer to step into my fabricated environment to determine what occurred.

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