Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

M.F.A. in Art


Art and Art History

First Advisor

Matt Long

Second Advisor

Ernest Forward

Third Advisor

Kris Belden-Adams

Relational Format



Roland Barthes wrote that only after removing all of the author's intentions and traces can a work of art truly be perceived by viewers fairly (Barthes). A viewer's perception of the world is influenced by his or her individual subjective history, which is the product of his or her own experiences. But as the author of ceramic work, my influence is ever-present. Clay records every push, pull, spank, squeeze, and poke. It fully records its physical history and as well as my actions upon it. This thesis exhibition asks the question: Can a viewer de-contextualize familiar-but-contentious subject matter and be persuaded to accept sculptural art works as such? Using various surface treatments, repetition of forms, and the play of scale, this thesis hopes to sway viewers to see past their preconceived notions about sex toys. This body of work questions whether form can transcend an object's function.


Emphasis: Ceramics

Included in

Ceramic Arts Commons



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