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Date of Graduation
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
School of Art, Design and Art History
Allyson Mellberg Taylor
Morpho: Expectations & Mutations is a written document accompanying the culmination of my three years painting at a graduate level. The result of which is an autobiographical body of work navigating the tension of being a human with an invisible disease, while straining to understand Western societal constructs of women. I simultaneously reject these fairy tales as a standard recipe for happiness, yet identify with its visual language that is rooted in the vernacular of my generation. Redefining the elements I reject or embrace helps me to look beyond the boundaries of these constructs, and adopt an attitude of curiosity in finding a greater possibility of human connection and expansiveness. Through rejecting, I am questioning being measured by values I don't believe in, and becoming aware of the reflex to measure others against these learned constructs. Through embracing, I own the responsibility of being a product of this culture, and recognize the importance of extending the conversation of transmutation through our shared vocabulary.
Bostrom, Lynda, "Morpho: Expectations & mutations" (2018). Masters Theses, 2010-2019. 572.