Mistresses of My Imagination

Kayla Shemesh


These pictures are a justification to act in ways I have convinced myself that I shouldn't. My process begins in a frenzy that morphs into a flow state. I create and become characters that embody an imperfection I aspire to. I call them characters to distance myself from their actions even though their actions are my own. Every good lie bears a degree of truth. Through this creative process, I engage a vulnerability that deconstructs parts of myself. I struggle with a fundamental set of questions that every creator deals with: Am I good enough? If not, then what character is? This series embodies my grappling with desired gazes and determination, a clash of wills, and mental willpower to face myself.

As the Department of Art and Art History’s 2022 BFA class’ time at UConn draws to a close, we look back fondly on the time we spent together and the memories we made along the way. Although we now look forward to our creative futures, we wish to say thank you and farewell to our devoted professors and advisors who’ve worked alongside us throughout these transformative years.