Date of Award

5-2015

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

First Advisor

Nathan Heuer, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Ivan Fortushniak, M.F.A.

Third Advisor

B. A. Harrington, M.F.A.

Abstract

The central inquiry of my research is the analysis of collecting and its relationship to excessive materialism and its effects on society. The work examines various reasons why people collect; for the acquisition of knowledge and preservation of species, to increase social status in order to show connoisseurship, but also to exert political power over rival factions and even to assert dominance over lesser or inferior organisms/people. This series of drawings opens a dialog with the viewer that addresses questions of ownership, for instance, how does our sense of "self" factor into why we strive to obtain and value the things we acquire?

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