Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Elise Mc Elroy 

BA [Hons] Character MakeUp Design

I discovered my love for visual storytelling and a fascination with puppetry in my first year of college, which was the stepping stone for how I then developed my skills and grew as a designer. Throughout these four years I have explored and experimented my way to establishing my passion for technical makeup, puppetry and model making. This has led me to wonderful opportunities to create and be a part of some amazing work with a diverse network of skilled designers and innovative creators. Looking back on what I’ve achieved, it has been a journey but I’m excited for the possible future opportunities.

The Pomegranate

For my final college project I chose the text of The rape of Proserpina from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Book V. Translating to the abduction of Persephone, this tale is set in the Ancient Greek period of Olympic Gods and surrounds the basis for the changing of the seasons. The infamous God of the Underworld, Hades, has been struck by cupids arrow and in his trance abducts the Goddess of Spring, Persephone. An everlasting winter befalls on earth resulting in the deterioration of crops and humans struggling to survive. In the midst of Persephone’s demanded return, Hades proposes a pomegranate to a starving Persephone. Any food eaten from the underworld, traps their soul for eternity.
In Persephone’s desperation, she eats six seeds. The pact of the pomegranate is made, for every seed eaten, Persephone must spend a month in the Underworld with Hades.

Theatrical Staging of the Body in Contemporary Crime Drama

This thesis concerns itself with the pictorial discourse of the human body in the 2010’s TVIV age of contemporary crime drama. Through the investigation of quality crime drama, Hannibal, created by
Bryan Fuller, NBC, 2013 -2015. Exploring three portrayals of the body, the dissected body, corpse art installation and cannibal culinary. Each of which explore complex layers of topics related to humanism, medical understanding, consumption practices, visual and visceral experiences. In addition to discussions of socio-cultural understandings with connection to social and political