I consider the experiences of past generations of women in my family and my relationship to them. This body of work began with Bessie, a portrait of my father's mother. I painted it after attending her funeral. I did not have a meaningful relationship with either of my grandmothers. This led me to consider my right to portray them. My need to admit my incomplete memory and avoid the objectification of my subjects caused me to question my perspective. I wanted to memorialize these women to avoid their erasure. Through the progressive abstraction of these women's figures, I chase an honest representation of my understanding.
Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Studio Art & the Computer
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Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Battle, Taylor, "The Mothers: An Exploration of Memory and Secondary Knowledge" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 4950.