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Schappell, Melissa Expectations. 2020. Radford University,

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Expectations are personal beliefs about something that may happen in the future and they have the ability to shape our opinions, behaviors, choices, and actions. My work explores this area of psychology as well as human systems of communication via the semiotics of symbolism, signs, metaphor, and storytelling. My thesis body of work challenges perceptions and manipulates expected imagery and anticipated content by juxtaposing them amongst fantastical scenes and nonsensical compositions. By maneuvering between the real and the unreal, they exist as a refusal to accept the predictable manifestations that an expectation may cause. Despite their theatrical and metaphorical nature, the multi-media and imaginative forms collaborate to expose personal, societal, and cultural truths. Through the satire and layered symbolism, they confront expectations and perceived reality as it relates to gender roles, relationships and sexuality, politics and religion, and social constructs. The works utilize visual metaphor and symbols as a means of being directional and stage setting, but not conclusive so that the viewer is invited to bring their context and adaptation to the narrative.

Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: visual art thesis
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Divisions: Radford University > College of Visual and Performing Arts > Department of Art
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 14:22
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2023 19:30
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/604

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