Year of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Department or School/College
School of Art
Trey Hill, Beth Lo
Cathryn Mallory , Brandon Reintjes
ceramic, sculpture, narrative, figure, animal, wool
University of Montana
Mythology has shaped human thought and experience since before recorded history. Passed from one generation to the next, myths elevate and aggrandize realities that are difficult, complex or horrifying. This is what makes us human, an inspiring capacity toward metaphor and the ability to make beauty, lyricism and splendor—order from the chaos. Within mythology, the cause and effect of both misery and joy may be explored in their wholeness. In this act of imaginative translation, we may come to understand how misery and joy are naturally coexisting.
In my thesis exhibition this tale is told out, I use the layering of mythology, iconography and personal narrative to explore the animal nature of humans and how these relate to the ways we establish and sustain relationships. I am interested in exploring the imagery and iconography of mythologies and their historic relationship to pastoral life, animal husbandry and women’s craft—drawing on my own experience of growing up on a sheep farm. This paper will demonstrate how my thesis work is based in contemporary tales of trauma, joy and womanhood.
Ames, Crista A., "Snip, Snap, Snout: THIS TALE IS TOLD OUT" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4465.
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