Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Dr. Carlos Roberto de Souza

Second Advisor

Susan Fitzsimmons

Third Advisor

Philip Field


This thesis is an investigation into the lives of women living in Iran. I develop a critical framework for understanding it. It is now my understanding that women suffer greatly from the restrictions they are subjected to. I discuss what some of these restrictions are, and how these pressures create turmoil and confusion within some women. The artwork created for my thesis project is a reflection upon the relationship between social proscription and a woman’s desire to express her individuality publicly. The women I portray in my thesis project exhibit a range of emotions such as anger, depression, despair, defeat, anxiety, acceptance, desire and defiance. In many of the works, the beauty of the women simply shines through, as if to give us a glimpse of their innate power. The thesis exhibition is comprised of printed photographs and digital collages and several three dimensional artworks.


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Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American