In this thesis, I present my artwork of “traditional clothing of Kuwaiti women” completed for my Master of Fine Art at the Rochester Institute of Technology. This work has been a culmination of my feelings about the symbolic meaning of traditional clothing as well as my knowledge and experience gained throughout the master’s program. My learning curve has been reshaped in terms of method and school of art: I was plunged into oil painting as an art method to produce realistic art in all of my artwork before joining the master’s program, but I became more inspired to monoprinting to produce abstract art throughout my master’s courses. In this document, I trace the development of the work, which evolved as a theme and as a method. It has also evolved as a conceptual artwork. I also explain what techniques and materials I used to achieve the purpose of this work, which is to depict the symbolic Kuwaiti women’s clothing. This artwork is simply a presentational form of a Kuwaiti cultural symbol, which reflects my identity and voice as a Kuwaiti artist.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Monotype (Engraving)--Themes, motives; Monotype (Engraving)--Technique; Women's clothing--Kuwait--Pictorial works

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Fine Arts Studio (MFA)

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School of Art (CIAS)


Luvon Sheppard

Advisor/Committee Member

Clifford Wun

Advisor/Committee Member

Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez


RIT – Main Campus

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