At Home: Representations of Identity through Portraiture and Narrative
Portraits of my family and friends in their bedrooms and personal spaces investigate the way we construct our identities in the context of family and community and give physical form to my understanding of these abstract sets of relationships. Such images examine the relationships that constitute a family, suggesting coherence among those photographed.
The domestic landscape is an ideal site for autobiographical reflection and can reveal intimate details about those photographed. Color, furniture, and personal objects are symbolic suggestions of a relationship between the individual and their personal space.
My portraits capture expressions that concurrently disclose and question characteristics of the human condition. In the context of the series, the photographs closely relate to self-portraiture. Subtle expressions of anxiety or self-consciousness allow for empathetic exchanges between the individuals photographed and the viewer. An emotional experience is revealed. The images communicate varying degrees of intimacy alongside levels of detachment and vulnerability.
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Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Family portraits; Identity (Psychology) in art; Portraits
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Honors in the Major Thesis
Storm, Stefanie, "At Home: Representations of Identity through Portraiture and Narrative" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 483.