Term of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

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

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

Department

Department of Art

Committee Chair

Patricia Wasson Carter

Committee Member 1

Patricia Wasson Carter

Committee Member 2

Julie McGuire

Committee Member 3

Marc Mitchell

Abstract

The last word, as defined by Webster's dictionary, describes the final remark in a verbal exchange, the power of a final decision, a definitive statement or treatment, and the most advanced, up-to-date, or fashionable exemplar of its kind. I venture to explore and utilize the meaning of this well-known idiom through the creation of visual artworks that comprise my Master of Fine Art thesis research. Within this body of visual artworks, titled The Last Word, I explore the evolution and realization of self-image through the examination of disparate and reciprocal relationships. Utilizing personal symbolic imagery, provocative text and mixed media processes, I present my last word about my own self-image. This written support paper chronicles the evolution of The Last Word, correlating the creative process with historical and theoretical scholarship.

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