Title

Heartwork

Date of Graduation

5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Art (MFA)

Degree Level

Graduate

Department

Art

Advisor

Neil E. Callander

Committee Member

David Andree

Second Committee Member

Kara Andree

Third Committee Member

Dylan J. DeWitt

Keywords

family histories, personal memories, painting, drawing, sculpture

Abstract

Heartwork is a collection of paintings, drawings, and sculptures that explore the many ways identity is shaped by familial histories and personal memory. Focusing on my time growing up on a pine tree farm in Jackson, Mississippi in the early 90s, Heartwork explores gender, religion, regional traditions, family, and art. Through conversations and collaborations with my family, painting acts as an impetus for strengthening relationships. By reevaluating the past, I am able to create a web of interconnected narratives that inform and shift my understanding of the present.

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