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Female body and identity : a critical reflection into the art of mid-life

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Female body and identity : a critical reflection into the art of mid-life

Houpert, Carol Beer (2004) Female body and identity : a critical reflection into the art of mid-life. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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This thesis articulates how my own artwork/artistic process is part of a lifelong narrative about my female body and identity, which has unfolded within a patriarchal society and its language. This project of articulation is supported by two related activities. First, I compare my current artwork and life narrative, which are focused on mid-life and menopause, with those of artist Pauline Aitken. Second, by using selected literature from feminist art scholarship, I interpret and contextualise key themes of my own and Aitken's artworks and life narratives. I show how gender influences the woman artist's intent and process: her choice of subject matter and materials, and the resulting narrative. I examine how other women artists and I create a visual vocabulary that is true to our female identities, a vocabulary that can withstand the language of our patriarchal society. This thesis concludes with critical reflections on my own art learning experiences.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Art Education
Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Houpert, Carol Beer
Pagination:vii, 60 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Art Education and Creative Arts Therapies
Date:2004
Thesis Supervisor(s):Aitken, Pauline
ID Code:8120
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:18 Aug 2011 14:15
Last Modified:18 Aug 2011 15:46
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