School of Visual and Performing Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Graphic Design (MFA)
Motherhood, Photography, Storytelling, Portrait, Women, Mothers
Art and Design | Arts and Humanities | Fine Arts
Lewis, Andrea Caresse, "Motherhood Story Project: Transforming Societal Perception of Mothers Through Portraiture & Storytelling" (2019). Masters Theses. 562.
In our modern western culture, there are two drastically different views of motherhood. Society often paints mothers as women who give up on their bodies and careers to pursue a life of seemingly purposeless identity. While the reality is that women devote their entire being to the growth and development of a new human, continuing the very concept of civilization as we know it. Because of this dichotomy and plurality of worlds, mothers often feel ostracized, alone, and completely unprepared for the new journey they have embraced. The purpose of this thesis is to explore the realities of motherhood and to showcase the real-life stories that take place in the lives of women in today’s culture through portraiture and storytelling. By doing so, the real nature of motherhood will be explored and visually represented, providing the viewer with an authentic look into the lives of various types of mothers and their stories.