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This work focuses on the female escapist fantasy in its most popular forms—primarily finding "true love"—and the extent to which it seeps into our real lives. I've looked at this fantasy through a pop cultural lens; that is I've used film, television, & literature's representations of the love story and female characters in general in an attempt to understand my own expectations of romantic love. Because of personal attachment to and experience with this fantasy or quest, which took a particularly strong hold of me when I discovered the intensely popular Twilight Saga, my thesis exhibition addressed romantic expectation primarily through the main love interest, Edward Cullen.

The central performances included a full-scale, interactive bachelorette party and a wedding ceremony in which I married the central love interest from the series, Edward Cullen, in the form of a cardboard cutout in a real Las Vegas chapel.

The ceremony took place at Viva Las Vegas Chapel in downtown Las Vegas on January 26, 2013. Documentation of the ceremony was shown as the centerpiece of the following exhibition, which doubled as our wedding reception, complete with receiving line, wedding cake (provided by Bouchon Las Vegas), flowers (provided by Flowers of the Field), and more. Reception elements were accompanied by photographs, video, audio, and collected objects presented in traditional gallery style (see video above).

The work is also an exploration of the dismissive, vitriolic, and at times violent attitude of the media and the public at large toward female fandom. Keywords: "obsessive," "feverish," "insane," "psychotic," etc. The press coverage I received following the release of a British tabloid article (Love It!, UK) and online communication in the form of tweets, Facebook comments, and comments on the respective articles' websites are included in this ongoing analysis. (See links below.)

Press coverage, accurate & otherwise:
The Electric Beef
Las Vegas Weekly 1/31/13
KNPR, State of Nevada
Las Vegas Weekly 12/1/12
Las Vegas Review-Journal
Huffington Post: College
Huffington Post: Weddings
Perez Hilton
In Touch Weekly
Daily Dot
Crushable
Metro
Daily Mail
MSN now
Yahoo
Daily Fiasco
Love It!
Blastr
United Press Int'l
NBC12 Memphis
TYT University (video)
Daily Star
Reveal
Jezebel
Filmdrunk
7 Days in Dubai
Oh No They Didn't
Gossiping Pens
She Knows
Cosmopolitan
Examiner
National Enquirer
The Stir
Stadt Magazine