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Master of Fine Arts


Painting and Printmaking

First Advisor

Hilary Wilder

Second Advisor

Cara Benedetto

Third Advisor

Gregory Volk


My thesis questions our construction of identity through objects. In small sculptures and paintings with collage and various found materials, I insist on the touch and intimacy that our bodies afford us in the world saturated with surface content, screens, and digital profiles. My criticism is self-reflective and curious, an attempt based in research and process in hopes of understanding further the complexities of absorbing in a body and dressing a surface. I have been focused on the formative years of growing up with objects and tools that shaped a concept of individual self and how the imposition of the “ideal” feminine surface affected my understanding of love, intimacy and sexuality.


© Sarah Coote

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