Title

Body in Pain

Term of Award

Spring 2006

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Bruce Little

Committee Member 1

Bruce Little

Committee Member 2

Patricia Walker

Committee Member 3

Julie McGuire

Committee Member 4

Eun Sook Lee

Abstract

The artwork produced for this thesis examines pain from three primary perspectives: medical, psycho-physiological, and metaphysical. From a medical standpoint pain is explored as a phenomenon which exists beneath the surface and invisible to others. From a psycho-physiological perspective the distorted perceptions of our body can be seen while in pain, to the extent that pain may be felt in areas which are not injured or diseased. From a metaphysical standpoint perspective pain prompts us to question our existence in this world as well as the space our mind inhabits in a transcendental context. Humans create understanding by fragmenting pain into dichotomous relationships. The dichotomizing nature of human understanding led me to explore the perceptions of the internal and external of the body we have. Personal pain acts as my starting point to create art which better helps me understand the human condition.

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