Class Year




Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Eli Robb

Second Advisor

Karen Lebergott

Third Advisor

Janet McCracken


Beauty Within Decay is a series of sculpture that examines and obverts the idea of grotesqueness of decay. This body of work presents three life-sized female figures, along with four smaller sculptures, representing my creative processes. These sculptures capture decay as a natural cycle that creates beauty by giving a new identity to a degrading form. Drawing inspiration from a wide range of sources these abstracted female figures are layered with the evidence of events that have shaped them as survivors. Their skin tells a story, reflective of theories about the concept of monstrosity linking decay with the idea of unexpected byproducts of destruction. I hope that my negotiation of complex source materials and layered processes results in a rich tapestry of philosophical meaning within the sculptural forms.

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