Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
The oversaturation of screen time is an issue that is becoming progressively worse in contemporary society. The screen's seductive ability to allow us limitless access to information and entertainment has us tethered to our devices at all times. This constant consumption can have detrimental effects on our ability to achieve solitude, show empathy, engage in face-to-face communication and on our cognitive awareness of our surroundings. These ideas are explored in drawings that are presented as a visual narrative. This narrative shows a young couple going through their day as the viewer sees them through the perspective of the devices that they use in their daily routine. The narrative begins with the couple waking up in the morning, about to start their day. The couple goes their separate ways as the drawings follow them individually throughout their respective days. The viewer will see images of the couple texting each other constantly, suggesting that they stay in constant communication with each other despite their physical separation from one another. We will then see how they act with one another at home as they finish out their evening before going to bed. To achieve the effect of the couple’s reflection on the screen of their devices, white color pencil on black paper is used.
McDonald, Brandon W., "Hardwired Banality: The Everyday of Screen Consumption" (2018). Theses and Dissertations (All). 1586.