Happy Faces


Lisa Tucker

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Submitted to the College of Graduate Studies Bridgewater State University Bridgewater, Massachusetts In partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts in Teaching In Visual Arts

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Master of Arts in Teaching In Visual Arts


“Happy Faces” is a series of sculptural masks which explore the layered facades people construct to hide their vulnerabilities or to please others. Each mask represents a vice; these are the unhealthy habits that allow people to escape their everyday lives and pressures. I have created these masks out of found materials which relate to each vice in question. Through this work, I examine the concepts of escapism and duality. My studio investigation influences my pedagogical approach in the way I interact with my students and manage my classroom, both in how I embrace process and experiment with my use of mixed media and by approaching students as individuals. My hope is to create a place for students to be creative and a safe space for them to take off or at least lift their mask.


Amy Lovera, Thesis Advisor

Leigh Craven, Thesis Committee Member

Mary Dondero, Thesis Committee Member

Andres Montenegro Rosero, Thesis Committee Member

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