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Upbringing and psychological make-up inspire individual norms for beauty and cuteness. The mannerist approach in my work is a product of the figural liberties found in cartooning, illustration and art history. By altering facial and bodily features, I relate the proportions of an infant to cuteness and innocence. However, I tailor the photographs to empower the subjects all the while mirroring trends in contemporary pop culture. I'm interested in themes of everyday life, vitality and emotion placed in obscure, imaginary or exaggerated venues. I fictionalize subjects of my reality to compel viewers to identify with and fancy emotions, circumstances, moods and relationships. The intent is to amplify, yet be truer to their existence and idiosyncrasies through figural adaptations.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Studio Art and the Computer
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Jones, Danielle, "Perceptions Of Cuteness And Beauty" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4036.