SENIOR THESIS:

Jesus & the apostles' last night out

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

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

Jesus Christ

Peter

Peter

Philip

Philip

Andrew

Andrew

James Major

James Major

James Minor

James Minor

Thaddeus

Thaddeus

Thomas

Thomas

Simon

Simon

John

John

Matthew

Matthew

Process Work:

Preliminary Photo tests: testing backgrounds, concepts, compositions

Original Apostle Portraits:

Colorful, floral backgrounds
Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ

Peter

Peter

Simon

Simon

Philip

Philip

James Major

James Major

Judas Iscariot

Judas Iscariot

Andrew

Andrew

John

John

James Minor

James Minor

Bartholomew

Bartholomew

Thomas

Thomas

Thaddeus

Thaddeus

Matthew

Matthew

Madonna & Child Portraits:

Midterm Review Presentation:

Final Written Thesis:

Simon

Simon