Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Art & Art History
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.
Ackerman, Ashley, "Beauty Within Decay" (2016). Senior Theses.