Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
My MFA graduate work in Jewelry and Metal Arts has been dedicated to the conceptualization and creation of headpieces, such as crowns, headdresses and body adornments. Through my art, I explore such issues as the search for self-identity, self-autonomy and individualism. Ultimately, my work is about a quest for the self. I draw heavily from autobiographical experiences, which influence my story telling. These experiences were shaped by my growing up in the Soviet Union and Ukraine, and then later by my immigration to the United States.
I love working with various metals as well as other alternative materials that I find interesting, ranging from fabrics, ceramics, plastics, and paper to found objects. I enjoy employing fabrication and forging processes.
ceramics, crown, headdress, metal art, self-identity, Ukraine art
xiii, 72 pages
Includes bibliographical references (pages 69-72).
Copyright © 2017 Nataliya Vladimirovna Laux
Laux, Nataliya Vladimirovna. "Piece by piece." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.