Honors Theses


Emily Sullivan Smith, MFA


Art and Design

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Honors Thesis


My work is concerned with the correlation of society’s standards for women, their bodies, and the resulting effects on their perception of themselves. Due in part to society’s obsession with a universal female beauty and the treatment of the body as an object to be controlled by the mind, many women experience a form self-objectification, putting their body through rigorous self-analysis in an attempt to target their perceived flaws. Through my chosen medium of relief printing, I endeavor to represent this objectification of the self and the detrimental effects it can have on the female presence in the world. In this paper, I will lay out how I developed this body of work through all of its conceptual stages, the research behind my concepts, as well as the meanings embedded within the technical execution.

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Undergraduate research


Art and Design