Degree Name

MFA (Master of Fine Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Travis Graves

Committee Members

Mindy Herrin, Mira Gerard, Christian Rieben


The Master of Fine Arts exhibition, Undesirable Forms, presents a collection of paintings and sculptures that focus on the repulsion and discomfort a woman can experience within her mind and body. These works were exhibited at the Tipton gallery, in downtown Johnson City. The pieces included in this exhibition consist of encaustic paintings on panel, and sculptures created from plaster life-casts.

The ideas discussed in this paper are influenced by Julia Kristeva and Sigmund Freud’s work relating to the abject/grotesque female body. This paper also discusses inspiration from other artists, such as Natalie Frank and Helen Chadwick, who work with psychological subject matter and the female body.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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