Spring 2015

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Art History


I’ve been seduced by the Moulin Rouge, World Fairs, the Isabella Stuart Gardener Museum, Wunderkammers, and the world of parasols and painted fans. I read the story the Western world told without questioning it and cherished its opulent beauty. I loved what I was looking at but my art historical education has deepened my understanding of what I was looking at, Orientalism, and its partners exoticism and primitivism, all of which particularly project onto the female image. My own art appreciation has turned into an urgency to deconstruct and reassess history and ideas through material culture. Othering and alterity studies offer stories yet untold because they belong to the outsiders and the silent members of society.


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