Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
In an age of digital technologies, contemporary portraits look different than their predecessors did. Portraiture does not have to continue to rely only on the idea of physical likeness, even though that is generally how portraiture is conceived. Through our virtual lives, we build new versions of ourselves, gain an abundance of information, and consume technological visuals. These newfound engagements and understandings shape the portraits we build of ourselves and of other groups at large. In my painting practice, portraiture is a way to explore the contemporary landscape around me as a woman and a painter who engages in digital life a little too much at times. I find and create portraits within women’s social media profiles, the mass of online images, and the visuals in various technologies. With these sources, I seek a mode of painting that can slow down the viewer and make them consider our image-saturated, online-obsessed, contemporary reality within the framework of portraiture.
Ledford, Katelyn, "The person-less portrait" (2019). Masters Theses. 345.
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