This thesis is an exploration of the reciprocal relationship between my identity and my work as an artist. As someone who identifies as queer and from a young age felt unloved and unwelcome, my work provides space for validation and empowerment. I utilize elements of fantasy and symbolism to explore the ever-expanding possibilities of allegory and queer figuration. Through my usage of portraiture and personal symbolism as well as my reinterpretations of Christian religious motifs, Greek mythology, and Mannerist art, I transform existing narratives to depict a multitude of characters that my work allows me to embody. In opening myself up, I express and question my understanding of "love" as it applies to a sense of communion through art and the idea of utopia while also making the necessary room for empathy and queer visibility. To this end, I reference my life experiences, thoughts, feelings, and artistic process in order to invite an intimate understanding of myself and my work.
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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
College of Arts and Humanities
School of Visual Arts and Design
Emerging Media; Studio Art and Design
Length of Campus-only Access
Masters Thesis (Open Access)
Wilson, Forrest, "Eden Enflamed: An Examination of the Self through Fantastical Figures" (2022). Electronic Theses and Dissertations, 2020-. 1114.