Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay, John W. Hilton, Andrew Scott Ross

Thesis Professor Department

Art and Design

Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay


For my thesis project, I displayed fifteen printed photographs of self-portraits that I have made outside of class. In these self-portraits, I have applied special effects makeup to my face to create different portrayals of myself. These range from more abstracted makeup to characters. The majority of these makeups are from the chest up and created with face paint and self-made prosthetics. In this imagery, I have also chosen accessories and the background to coincide with the makeup and the mood that I am conveying. Minor adjustments have been made digitally in order to enhance how the image comes across. For example, I have upped the contrast and dimmed the exposure, etc. I have taken most of my own photographs on my phone or Canon Rebel Xi camera while there are a few that a family member has taken for me. I printed these portraits at a larger than life scale and I chose to display them at a place that has become close to home, O’mainnin’s Pub and Grill. This pub is where I held my show. My art was displayed in the casual environment with loud music and dim colorful lights. The exhibit stayed up for three days and was available to the public. Alongside my photographs, I also chose a handful of traditional hand-drawn classwork to display as well. This work is very similar in theme and compliments the self-portraits. Below are images of the show!


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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