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Preferred Name

Tara Ott

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

School of Art, Design and Art History

Advisor(s)

Corinne Diop

Lisa Tubach

Gregory Stewart

Abstract

In my art practice I am exploring how my “sense of self” changes as both the external and internal factors continue to shift throughout the stages of my life. I have centered on two main themes: personal experiences connected to gender that are based on the female body and changes in the formation of social identity in relation to others who are part of my life. My work mainly revolves around self-portraiture and reflections of my life, usually expressed through photography, video, painting and sculptural installations. In some bodies of work, however, I have used other women or people from my personal relationships, such as my husband or son, as the subjects. I usually incorporate staging and manipulation, with an underlying performative aspect, and the results are often confrontational and raw. I hope to capture feelings and experiences about the changing sense of self, rather than facts.

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