Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0001-7512-5551

Defense Date

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Photography and Film

First Advisor

Paul Thulin

Second Advisor

Stephen Vitiello

Third Advisor

Mary Beth Reed

Fourth Advisor

Shane Rocheleau

Abstract

The urge to uncover aspects of human condition permeates my work, from the fundamental curiosity of a child tearing apart their doll to uncover what lies within to continuing a quest in uncovering basic human urges through my puppet animated dramas and tragedies. There is a controversial line between the childlike and the adult-like that can be ambiguous, and at some times more discernible while other times less. I create handcrafted stop-frame puppet animations that explore self-conscious emotions such as embarrassment, shame, and envy within unpredictable life scenarios. These are animations about inner life, attempting to resolve conflicting elements of the human psyche. At first glance, these puppets might appear scary, but upon closer observation the viewer may realize it is the puppet who is scared.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-9-2019

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