For my thesis I want to create 3 large copper etching prints of different mythical creatures (fairy, vampire, demon), and 3 small abstract paintings on fabric of non-objective web-like decomposed, decayed and disgusting bodily ﬂuids that would go with each 3 of the mystical creatures. I want to touch on themes of darkness, death, decay, mysticism, horror, gore, romance, delicacy, uncomfortability, sickness, and beauty. I am interested in the grotesque but also the beautiful. I am interested in doing studies of contortion and distortion and the idea of being uncomfortable. But, I am also interested in going into a more delicate and feminine direction, very inspired by romanticism. I want to create mystery. I want intrigue and disgust. Disgust is deﬁned as a feeling of revulsion or strong disapproval aroused by something unpleasant or offensive. My hopes and goals for this project are obviously to not only push myself, but create something that I am truly 100%proud of, and as well to ﬁt to that deﬁnition of disgust and create that when the viewer sees the pieces. I want to understand what makes something “disgusting” both visually and theoretically and then learn how to create that. Thus learning this will come with ﬁguring out how to make all of these themes I want to touch on coexist together. My plan is to create large pieces using copper plate etching techniques, which I have yet to do with printmaking in general. Although it might not seem far-reaching on the outside, it really is important to me that I reach my goals of how I would aesthetically like to have my pieces look and how much feeling is evoked in the viewer.
Marine’s work is deeply rooted in her love of music and lyrics, fashion, retro ambiance, mythical creatures, and horror. As a PNCA senior she has fallen in love with etchings and immersing herself within all different sections of printmaking. Seeing things visually and being able to compile speciﬁc pieces to create mood boards to further her work has been super effective in coming up with ideas, compositions, and are a part of her process as well. She takes further inspiration from ideas of Romanticism, the Baroque period and these two ideas of creating beauty and what it truly means to be “beautiful”. Inspired by creepy, chiseled post-renaissance art, combined with her own ﬁndings of different imagery within the decades, Marine intends to create textures throughout her work that symbolizes body horror and gore in the most grotesque yet delicate way possible.