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one thousand and one nights  

ucla mfa thesis 2023

Instructor: Tony Fanning, Mark Worthington, Rachel Robb Kondrath

Software: Graphite, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Maya

based on a series of Middle Eastern folktales

This is a story about a woman who is objectified as a mere plaything that constantly tries to escape her fate through her imagination, yet fails to do so. Often times, regardless of historical period, women are forced to make choices that are not entirely their own. To many’s dismay, the enslaved resign to their fate. Scheherazade is constantly faced with not only a dire fate of death but also the possibility of a future with a man she never wanted to be with. Narratives do not always have to end happily. This is a story about a woman who is objectified as a mere plaything that constantly tries to escape her fate through her imagination, yet fails to do so.

 

I am interested in portraying a fairy tale that appears happy at first glance, but is in reality unfortunate. The audience will be taken into a dynamic journey that spans across multiple tales representing Scheherazade’s troubled psyche, who is imprisoned in a room with no other pleasure but telling stories of people that she wishes she were. 

B&W Sketches

Selected Drafting for King's Chamber