Title

Reconstructing the Femme Fatale

Format

Senior Art and Design Exhibition

Abstract/Artist Statement

My current series explores the Femme Fatale as a symbol. During the Art Nouveau period, the character was commonly used to represent evil. After examining past manifestations of the Femme Fatale, I decided to restructure her into a symbol of feminine independence. I feel today’s society needs more examples of independent women. Reconstructing this symbol helps to alleviate the issue. The red dress is a central motif in my series. I wanted to draw the viewer’s attention to my pieces by using a translucent red fabric and constructing the garment directly on the canvas. The shade of red represents the Femme Fatale’s passionate struggle to obtain her independence from her male followers. By portraying her as the dominant character towering over smaller figures, she becomes even more powerful.

Location

Reynolds Gallery

Start Date

5-5-2007 1:00 PM

End Date

5-5-2007 4:00 PM

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Reconstructing the Femme Fatale

Reynolds Gallery

My current series explores the Femme Fatale as a symbol. During the Art Nouveau period, the character was commonly used to represent evil. After examining past manifestations of the Femme Fatale, I decided to restructure her into a symbol of feminine independence. I feel today’s society needs more examples of independent women. Reconstructing this symbol helps to alleviate the issue. The red dress is a central motif in my series. I wanted to draw the viewer’s attention to my pieces by using a translucent red fabric and constructing the garment directly on the canvas. The shade of red represents the Femme Fatale’s passionate struggle to obtain her independence from her male followers. By portraying her as the dominant character towering over smaller figures, she becomes even more powerful.