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CURIOUSER & CURIOUSER:
AN EXPLORATION OF IDENTITY AND FAIRY TALE THROUGH
PRINTS AND DRAWINGS



Thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of Honors  

By

Jessica  Miranda Augier
The Honors College
Fine and Performing Arts Scholars Program
East Tennessee State University


May 4th, 2010  


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Mira Gerard, M.F.A., Faculty Mentor
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Ralph Slatton, M.F.A., Faculty Reader
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Dr. Mark Holland, Faculty Reader




Table of Contents:

I: Artist Statement………………………………………………………………………………………….......3
II: Exhibition Images……………………………………………………………………………………........…4
III: Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………….....…23
IV: Influence…………………………………………………………………………………………….........26
V: Imagery ……………………………………………………………………………………………...……36
VI: Titles …………………………………………………………………………………………………..…41
VII: Media.………………………………………………………………………………………….......……45
VIII: Conclusion……………………………………………………………………………………………....48
IX: Works Cited…………………………………………………………………………………………...…49



I. Artist Statement:

"Who are you?"

This is the question that the Caterpillar asks Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.  For the reader, as well as for Alice, the deeper meaning is left unanswered, calling into question issues of the existence of the Self and of identity.  As described by Stephanie Lovett Stoffel, “it’s hard to talk about the sense of self, for the self lives invisibly and acts mysteriously”(Stoffel, 85).

Each of these works deals with my exploration of the elusiveness of the self and how myth, fairy tale, and other stories ultimately reflect our own complex search for identity. I am influenced by the fairy tales and stories that I grew up with and the sinister and peculiar aspects involved with them. I use imagery and symbolism that is connected with these stories to engage the viewer with their already accumulated knowledge of the subject. However, each work is a manifestation of my imagination in connection with the tales. Yes, that is Alice falling down the rabbit hole-but the situation changes with everything tumbling out from her skirt.  Such visual ambiguities expand the sense of mystery that these stories already hold for me.   In my work I use compositional elements such as deliberate cropping of figures and other spatial constructions in order to allow the viewer to have their own interpretation of the imagery.  The titles are often derived from the stories that the pieces are influenced by but usually have no connection to the imagery. This adds to the ambiguity and influences the viewer’s interpretation of the work further. Through these methods I hope to instill a sense of uncertainty that threads back to the mystery of the Self.

Exhibition Images:

Curiouser & Curiouser was a solo exhibition of prints and drawings shown in November of 2009 at East Tennessee State University's Slocumb Galleries. The exhibition consisted of twenty images: five silverpoint drawings, five lithography prints, and ten intaglio prints. The following is a catalog of each image with title, media, date, and size:

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