Emily Zeller


In this thesis I address a personal relationship with nature, femininity, and coming-of-age in a patriarchal family through videos that rely on a synthesized definition of myth to create multi-layered meaning with roots in the greater feminine discourse. I create my own unique interpretation of myth by combining elements of traditional Greek mythology, semiotic mythology, and the art and poems centered around the myth of the female experience. Imbuing my videos with this mythic quality allows the objects and actions depicted to transcend their signifiers, birthing multi-layered meaning and encouraging a closer examination and personal connection with the viewer. My experiences in this work stem from negotiating the realm of women, and trying to place myself into that conversation.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Video installations (Art)--Themes, motives; Myth in art

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School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (CIAS)


Williams, Carla

Advisor/Committee Member

Lieberman, Jessica


Note: imported from RIT’s Digital Media Library running on DSpace to RIT Scholar Works. Physical copy available through RIT's The Wallace Library at: N6498.V53 Z45 2011


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