Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Subjective Reality: Expressing the Interior Experience of "Machinal" With Early Twentieth Century Abstraction
by Lindsey, Sara N., M.F.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2018, 20; 10747633
Abstract (Summary)

Inspired by the heightened representation of reality in early twentieth century art, the costume design for Machinal utilizes techniques found in Cubism, Futurism, and Vorticism to reveal the principle character’s inner experience and communicate her state of mind to the audience. Modifying traditional twenties’ dress with these aesthetic practices provided an opportunity to emphasize aspects of each character in relation to the protagonist, Helen. Additionally, by seamlessly including moments of modernity, the costumes emphasize the relevance of Machinal’s themes to today’s social and political environment. In fusing the aesthetic practices that contextualize Sophie Treadwell’s play with historical fashion, a visual language developed that successfully meets Expressionist goals of communicating interior human reality while also remaining faithful to the twenties’ aesthetic and reinforcing the constraints of the patriarchal machine of society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Nancy Jo
Commitee: Baumgardner, Catherine Gutting, Jacques, David Martin
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Theatre Arts
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Design, Theater
Keywords: Costume design, Cubism, Machinal, Theatre
Publication Number: 10747633
ISBN: 9780355780178
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