The following images are from my MFA thesis show at Arizona State University. The work addresses the most common interpretations of the roles women play in cultures from all around the world. These are personalities that women “put on”, just like they would a garment or piece of jewelry, not representations of complex individuals. Visual inspiration for each neck piece and accompanying accessories are taken from many cultures’ mythologies, history and stories. The adornment serves as an immediate communicator of the outward persona of each character. The roles featured in the show are; The Beauty, The Warrior, The Mother, The Witch, The Seductress, The Wife, The Priestess/Shaman, The Woman Child, and not yet created- The Queen and The Hag. The importance of identifying each persona is to recognize how these expected roles effect our daily lives and how we learn to understand ourselves and others through them.