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On Dresses and Diadems: Female Discourse and the Politicized Body in Jana Sterbak’s Thread Drawings and Artworks

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On Dresses and Diadems: Female Discourse and the Politicized Body in Jana Sterbak’s Thread Drawings and Artworks

Pipe, Olivia C (2011) On Dresses and Diadems: Female Discourse and the Politicized Body in Jana Sterbak’s Thread Drawings and Artworks. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis investigates the motivations and manifestations of female discourse and body politic in Czech-Canadian artist Jana Sterbak’s sketches and artworks from the 1980s.The analysis focuses on four artworks: Corona Laurea (1983), Hot Crown (1983-98), I Want You to Feel the Way I Do… (The Dress) (1984-85) and Standard Lives (1988). I argue that by analyzing the sketches as a separate entity and then in juxtaposition to the artwork, one can grasp the deeper, concealed meanings which Sterbak has hidden through the use of subversive text, imagery and material substance. This usually has to do with the traditionally feminine forms of clothing and adornment, specifically dresses and crowns in what are some of the artist’s most recognizable artworks. In this thesis, supported by the concepts of narratology developed by Mieke Bal and the relationship between language and the female body as Lesley Jeffries and Jane Ussher have explored in their research, I will examine Sterbak’s on-going reflections on the politics of the female body that begin with the artist’s initial conception in the process of what she calls her “thread drawings.”

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art History
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Pipe, Olivia C
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art History
Date:15 September 2011
Keywords:Jana Sterbak, female discourse, female body, drawings, narratology.
ID Code:35901
Deposited By:OLIVIA CANDACE PIPE
Deposited On:17 Nov 2011 15:51
Last Modified:17 Nov 2011 15:51
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