By investigating how memory works and how washing and mending lend them[selves] metaphorically to healing, I seek to discover how women of today experience the process of repairing themselves after their own sexual violence. For this thesis project I was interested specifically in women's stories of how they have dealt with violence in their own lives. By interviewing a group of women, I discovered how they have tried to metaphorically wash and mend themselves after their sexual violation occurred [...]. As an artist, I have chosen glass as my primary material for its inherent physical properties. Glass resembles the concept of a translucent, cloudy memory, perhaps left behind and forgotten [...]. The techniques and uses of windows, stains, stitching, scarring, and thread become important metaphors for memory and violence as well.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Glass sculpture--Themes, motives; Glass sculpture--Technique; Textile crafts--Themes, motives; Textile crafts--Technique; Rape in art; Memory in art; Laundry in art; Clothing and dress--Repairing--Pictorial works

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Michael Rogers

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Robin Cass

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Roberly Bell


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at NB1270.G4 S77 2007


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