UCF Senior Thesis Exhibition 2015

Jasmine Jones

 

As my daughter grows she is becoming aware of the world around her. She is interested in new things, people and ideas. Through books, movies and TV shows she sees the possibilities. While she enjoys watching princesses and dressing up like them, she is gaining more knowledge about real women she may want to be someday. Women who came before her, and me, like Sacagawea, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Amelia Earhart and Sally Ride are examples of women she can look up to. She can role-play, dress up, and act out through this experience.

When researching the women I wanted Emilee to learn about I had to look deep inside myself to the women I admire.




Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones

Jasmine Jones

  Jasmine Jones




 

I started with Laura Ingalls Wilder, the little girl who lived on a prairie and grew up to be a celebrated children’s author. Wilder not only endured cruel winter conditions she also worked tirelessly on her family’s farm. Sacagewea, the Native American woman who aided Lewis and Clark during their exploration, also was a leader amongst her people and a symbol of hope and peace.

Amelia Earhart, who was the first woman to fly solo over the Atlantic Ocean, had the ability to love what she did despite others putting boundaries on her, a trait I would love my daughter to have. Sally Ride, who was the first American woman to fly in space, literally went above and beyond to make a lasting impression on women everywhere. These women were successful for different reasons but they all had determentation and drive to be the best they could be.

My series, Emilee Plays, is more than a photography project; it is a way to grow closer to my daughter while teaching her who she has the right to be. Costuming and research play a pivotal role in making Emilee Plays successful. By dressing up in costumes she can step into these roles, and not only make believe, but believe she can be like these women, or more.