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Preferred Name

Lynda Bostrom

ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4281-9677

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

School of Art, Design and Art History

Advisor(s)

Allyson Mellberg Taylor

Mark Rooker

Lisa Tubach

Abstract

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.

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