Browsing SUNY New Paltz Masters in Fine Art (MFA) Thesis Collection by Author "Arvay, Julia"
Some girls you’ve never seen before: MFA Thesis - Painting & Drawing Arvay, Julia (2019-05)In my MFA Thesis Show entitled, “Some Girls You’ve Never Seen Before,” I am exploring the perception of class and gender through materiality. I am intrigued by how society’s associations with a material can alter the viewer’s perception of an object. I use the historically masculinized canvas to create abstract portraits of women by adorning them with materials, colors, and design motifs that embody feminine and lowbrow stereotypes. I have situated the paintings in environments with matching wallpaper and ottomans, to further emphasize the presence of excess in consumer culture.