Title of Abstract

Home

Submitting Student(s)

Sophie Harvey

Session Title

Additional Projects

Faculty Sponsor (for work done with a non-Winthrop mentor)

Claudia O'Steen, M.F.A.; Shaun Cassidy, M.V.A.; Mark Hamilton, B.F.A.; & Myles Calvert, Ph.D.

College

College of Visual and Performing Arts

Department

Fine Arts

Abstract

Home is a group of photographs, screenprints, a video, and a sculpture that draws from my experiences with my own body image. Some of the works incorporate forms from the natural world, like plants, to create a juxtaposition between the elegant ease of nature and the clumsy efforts of the human body. The works in this series offer insight into how I personally handle my thoughts of body image. The colors in some of the works are used to represent femininity, while in others they are used to create contrast. I am interested in the idea of decay and how all things decay eventually, whether they be natural or the human body. Using live plants in my sculpture demonstrates the idea of taking care of something, but also how forgetting to take care of something can result in decay. The same idea applies to our bodies, and the rest of my material represents how the body can decay if you forget to take care of it. My photographs specifically cover the idea of plants being more beautiful than my own body, which stems from a decaying of self-confidence. It’s less of a physical decay and more mental. The idea is that your body can be a house, but not necessarily a home if you do not take care of it and love it.

Start Date

15-4-2022 12:00 PM

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Apr 15th, 12:00 PM

Home

Home is a group of photographs, screenprints, a video, and a sculpture that draws from my experiences with my own body image. Some of the works incorporate forms from the natural world, like plants, to create a juxtaposition between the elegant ease of nature and the clumsy efforts of the human body. The works in this series offer insight into how I personally handle my thoughts of body image. The colors in some of the works are used to represent femininity, while in others they are used to create contrast. I am interested in the idea of decay and how all things decay eventually, whether they be natural or the human body. Using live plants in my sculpture demonstrates the idea of taking care of something, but also how forgetting to take care of something can result in decay. The same idea applies to our bodies, and the rest of my material represents how the body can decay if you forget to take care of it. My photographs specifically cover the idea of plants being more beautiful than my own body, which stems from a decaying of self-confidence. It’s less of a physical decay and more mental. The idea is that your body can be a house, but not necessarily a home if you do not take care of it and love it.