Date of Award
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Dr. Maria Clara Paulino
Dr. Laura Dufresne
Carriage, Coach, Sculpture, Dolorosa, Cinderella, 3-D collage
This thesis statement accompanies my MFA project entitled Vita via Dolorosa, which features a glass and steel horse-drawn carriage sculpture that metaphorically depicts a woman’s journey through life, from childhood to death. Supporting the carriage, which is the primary sculpture in this exhibit, is a performance piece that addresses the transformation of this woman by means of sculpture, music and drama. This largely autobiographical multidisciplinary exhibit uses the metaphor to explore the passage of time symbolically through the dark, aged-color palette, the iconic imagery, and the combination of animate and inanimate sculptural resources such as horses, steel and glass.
In this thesis statement, the thesis is discussed from the point of view of its theme, which is an inversion of the classic Cinderella story; of its style, which shows a strong influence of the style and design from the Rococo period. The conceptual frame and final product is influenced by Post-modern ideas and artists like Louise Bourgeois and Renee Stout.
Carey, Vivianne Lee, "Vita Via Dolorosa" (2016). Graduate Theses. 37.