Senior Thesis:
Jesus & the Apostles' Last Night Out

This work is featured as part of 
Adapt: The 2019 Stamps Senior Show

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What would happen if Jesus and the Apostles were all women? How would that shift the narrative surrounding Catholic beliefs?

The great iconographic traditions of the Catholic church are often glorified, idolized, and made to be sacred. These traditions are extremely pervasive in Western Culture, and often shape our perception of the events described in the biblical stories. What would happen if many of these defining images and icons weren't treated so preciously? This project is an exploration of that traditional iconography but staged in a contemporary setting as a series of photographs using all female models to play the major biblical figures. Young women appropriate these traditional sacred symbols in order to take command of their place in a church that so often alienates them.

Final Work

Jesus Christ
Peter
Phillip
Andrew
James Major
James Minor
Thaddeus
Thomas
Simon
John
Matthew

Process Work:

Preliminary Photo tests: testing backgrounds, concepts, compositions.

Original Apostle Portraits:

Original Concept: Colorful, floral backgrounds.

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Test Madonna and Child Portraits:

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Midterm Review Presentation:

Final Written Thesis: