Course Description

This interdisciplinary fine arts course results in the development of a body of work around contemporary art topics. Research, concept development and studio practice will combine to broaden your skills and ideas. Stimulating assignments together with experimentation promote analysis and understanding of contemporary art ideas, world cultures and historical periods, and other areas of visual information. Studio production and the communication of concepts visually, verbally and in written form will be combined in this thought-provoking course

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Sublime Identity


A (1): to elevate or exalt especially in dignity or honor (2): to render finer (as in purity or excellence)

B: to convert (something inferior) into something of higher worth

In aesthetics, the sublime is the quality of greatness, whether physical, moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetic, spiritual or artistic.

I believe that female identity is sublime. It should be looked at with reverence and care. Identity can be taken and converted or rendered finer.

This body of work is a representation based on my personal identity. Personal references are in the material used, old hymnal sheet music and pages from old German and English bibles. I used these papers to create pieces of “Body Art” that can been seen as a physical make up of my identity. The work has and will continue to grow out of my own identity but take on possible identities of female of today. The work speaks to the idea of identity being something that one can take on and off, and it can enhance or disguise whom the subject is.


  1. I like how this refers to being able to take on and off an identity. There are parts of ones identity that the individual may not be proud of, and those things are kept beneath the surface/hidden, maybe not to all people, but certain social groups. On the other hand, there are parts of ones identity that are more esteemed and are exposed completely unashamed. We can't pick and choose our entire identity, but we do choose what we expose.

    These pieces are beautiful and carefully assembled, and even though they are personal to you, I feel like they can have personal meaning to others as well.

  2. I am so happy to hear that you think they can be meaningful to others Emily! That is what I was hoping to be able to do with these. I want to continue to make things that can be mine, but also relatable to others!

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  4. Besides representing women through your headresses, it is interesting that they are created from music/lyric sheets. This could be an interesting metaphor you research more in depth.

  5. Such a bold and powerful statement with delicate, feminine forms.