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(Self) Preservation, Stephanie Anne Brohman May 2016

(Self) Preservation, Stephanie Anne Brohman

Theses and Dissertations

Creatures of the sea, creating wearable adornment to protect the body and unique materials, inspire my artwork. Through research and examination of sea creatures, I look to their defense mechanisms and imagine what it would be like if humans had similar qualities or if we could borrow from these beings and transform the way we physically protect our bodies. Through mixed materials I form adornment that acts as armor and the human being and the sea creature merge. The following pages will give you access to my thought process, accounts of technical experimentation, and my body of work.


To(Get)Her, Jessica Carolyn Pleyel May 2016

To(Get)Her, Jessica Carolyn Pleyel

Theses and Dissertations

This thesis examines the route I took to produce a live activist performance in which twenty-six self-identifying women collaborated to destroy wax assault rifles with domestic products. These guns act as a metaphor for the violence that happens to many women on a daily basis. One in four women will encounter domestic violence, and one in six women will be raped in their lifetimes in the United States. Not only are many of our bodies attacked mentally, physically and sexually, but also the government stakes claim on our bodies. With 138 representatives voting against the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA ...


Observation And Combination Of Chinese And English Typography, Huangyuying Zheng May 2016

Observation And Combination Of Chinese And English Typography, Huangyuying Zheng

Theses and Dissertations

The interests in the similarities and differences between Chinese characters and English words lead me to study how various shapes between two languages will affect designs significantly. The curiosity inspired the development of making these two different language forms appear more aesthetically compatible. Moreover, from questioning the characteristics of Chinese and English, I developed interest in recreating a new multi-purpose visual language system which can be read in both Chinese and English without losing any character's original form. Through out my study, I rediscover the meaning and origin behind Chinese and English character, rethink the history and explore the ...


Entertaing Our Lives: The Way To Incorparate “Fun” Elements To Furniture Design, Yingjie Chen May 2016

Entertaing Our Lives: The Way To Incorparate “Fun” Elements To Furniture Design, Yingjie Chen

Theses and Dissertations

The rapid development of furniture design has changed people's lifestyle. Nowadays, customers have multiple choices of choosing products in the market. To immediately attract viewers' attention becomes the increasing challenge among designers and manufacturers. Making “fun” design is one of the strategies that could appeal customers. The topic of this thesis is to discuss the importance of combining “fun” characters to furniture design to create a strong first impression to customers.

Nowadays, Human centered design (HCD) has become a trendy concept to designers. Based on this concept, I researched and designed a set of furniture, including a chair, a ...


Catalpa, Burdock, Clover, Worm, Emma Steinkraus May 2016

Catalpa, Burdock, Clover, Worm, Emma Steinkraus

Theses and Dissertations

This work is regarded as casting symbolic spells: spells for the health of degraded prairie remnants, the thriving of bats, fearlessness, romantic love. Spells are a call for transformation, and images of transformation occur throughout the work - snakes molting, mummies decaying, insects in metamorphosis.

Whether examining a construction site or the end of a relationship, the author is asking herself "when is change good and when is it catastrophic?"

Right now the author is looking closely at punk, witchy contemporary artists like Rosy Keyser, Maria Loboda, Marisa Merz, Victor Man, and Sterling Ruby. The author is also influenced by artists ...


Illegal Art : Photography In The Age Of The Ag Gag, Kai Ronald Plews May 2016

Illegal Art : Photography In The Age Of The Ag Gag, Kai Ronald Plews

Theses and Dissertations

Where does your food come from?

This is a simple question that many people ask but don't truly want to have to answer to. We have some idea of the concept of farming that is cobbled together from images taken from the media and advertisements. The vision of a small pastoral farm where animals roam around in outdoor pens or live in stately wooden barns is the idea that comes to mind when we think of farming.

This concept could not be further from the actual truth. This difference between your perception and the reality is due to a ...


Orientation: Unsure, Joshua Anthony Mcdevitt May 2016

Orientation: Unsure, Joshua Anthony Mcdevitt

Theses and Dissertations

By using the creative process as a means to reflect this work delves into the themes of memory and identity as they relate to my struggle, as an adolescent, to define my sexual orientation.


Glacial Warm, Dana Jean O'Malley May 2016

Glacial Warm, Dana Jean O'Malley

Theses and Dissertations

Glacial Warm investigates romantic, human relationships and our collective commitment to the environment we inhabit. A couple travels and settles into polar and tropical landscapes, gathering, taking shelter, and finding sustenance together. They build their climate, adapting to continuous change. Through glaciers melting, volcanoes hissing, whales breaching, and nude bodies touching and holding, I develop a painted mythology.

Partnership is embodied through separate entities working together. Everyday tasks become intimate gestures. The tenderness of these gestures is rooted in their separation as individuals. Paint application is direct. What melts, drips. What freezes is preserved in cloudy impasto. A kiss is ...


Embodied Response, Allison Heather Rosh May 2016

Embodied Response, Allison Heather Rosh

Theses and Dissertations

The work explores the body and its limitations through the lens of printmaking.The surface of the body acts as a barrier between our internal and external selves exposing the vulnerabilities between mind and body. As fragile and receptive beings, the past builds up and manifests itself through our daily actions and repetitive tendencies. There is a strong desire to control our appearance and physical signs of well-being.


Be United, Lamar Barber May 2016

Be United, Lamar Barber

Theses and Dissertations

Let's Rap: An Artist Statement

It is not enough for me to cite music solely as a source of inspiration. Hip-Hop, R&B, and, particularly, rap music has as much to do with my upbringing as does the public school system. According to Wikipedia, the components of rap include “content”, “flow” and “delivery”, which are vaguely reminiscent of the visual art terms “concept,” “sequence” and “presentation.” Growing up, music provided a forum to explore and analyze, as award-winning journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates might put it, the necessities for surviving problems of everyday life within and outside the Black American experience ...


Chinese Bench : A Research On Multi-Function Furniture Design, Yi Xie May 2016

Chinese Bench : A Research On Multi-Function Furniture Design, Yi Xie

Theses and Dissertations

Nowadays, the world is facing a lot of serious problems because of the population explosion and the resource shortage. Overcrowded living area creates economic and social issues, and the limitation of material choices not only lowers the quality of house holding merchandise, but also leads to the raise of the price. Due to all these complicated factors, multi-function furniture becomes one of the solutions for space sustainability. Multi-function furniture combines different functions into one piece to control the material consumption, creates opportunities for the interaction between the object and human, and effectively save user's space. At the same time ...


Designing With Geometry, Maria Lorena Padron May 2016

Designing With Geometry, Maria Lorena Padron

Theses and Dissertations

When I design an object or a piece of furniture I do it with geometry in my mind. I use simple shapes like squares, rectangles and lines to create forms that then become an object. I organize the shapes in space thinking about the negative and positive space that they create. I also think of how each shape interacts with each other. The overall shape of an object contains other shapes inside, and these shapes create a relationship between each other in space. I also consider how geometry relates to the function of the object. In my designs, geometry and ...


Where Time Forgot : A Bowlers Guide, Matthew Earl Williams May 2016

Where Time Forgot : A Bowlers Guide, Matthew Earl Williams

Theses and Dissertations

It's about living

It's about feeling incomplete

It's about nostalgia

It's about culture

It's about joy

It's about how life flashes before our lives

It's about sorrow

It's about what's hidden under the rug

It's about fitting in

It's about getting away

It's about a journey

It's about language

It's about class

It's about how something clean can leave a stain

It's about goodbyes

It's about fiction

It's about place

It's about blame

It's about obsession

It's about feeling ...


Sound And Fury, Richard Joseph Wenrich Dec 2015

Sound And Fury, Richard Joseph Wenrich

Theses and Dissertations

This is a thesis that represents an art show that was made on an iPhone and features images appropriated from Yahoo!, Facebook and Instagram. It is not profound.

Follow me on Instagram @printmacker.


Persian In Practice, Sogol Rashti Dec 2015

Persian In Practice, Sogol Rashti

Theses and Dissertations

Since the beginning of humankind, architecture has been a sacred source for all civilizations, and that has provided a gateway for man to reach the heavens above. In terms of concept and value, Persian art and architecture is considered as a rich source to be acknowledged. Within Persian architecture, the emphasis was placed strongly on beauty and sacred geometry; Persians calculated the proportions of heaven reflected upon them in the dimensions of buildings on the earth.

Iranian culture has utilized the written word as an art form; this goes beyond normal means of communication. Iranian calligraphers produced eloquent styles and ...


Feeling Environmental Loss, Sarita Zaleha Dec 2015

Feeling Environmental Loss, Sarita Zaleha

Theses and Dissertations

My work is concerned with our perceptions of climate change and our relationship with the environment. Scientific study of historical worldwide climate data shows that global temperatures have been steadily rising for at least the last one hundred years. The concept of the anthropocene—a particular geologic epoch defined by human presence—links climate change specifically to humans and their impact on the environment. Even confronted with the data, many feel disconnected from climate change. While one can detect temperature change of single degrees over the course of seconds or minutes, it is difficult to feel this kind of temperature ...


M A M A, Heidi Kristen Bartlett Jul 2015

M A M A, Heidi Kristen Bartlett

Theses and Dissertations

I present my work in five parts. The introduction is devoted to my process and creative evolution, a catalog of sorts, documenting the accumulation of ideas, objects, projects and events that that make up my artistic practice. The second section 'Mama,' is an anecdotal reflection on how and where I find truth in experiences and relationships outside the traditional studio practice. The third section 'You' is a continued narrative incident that helps explain and contextualize my non-normative perspective as a person and as a maker. The fourth section 'Make' will analyze my thesis exhibition "Hey Mama, Diana, Where You At ...


A Process Overview Of Faux-To-Gravure And Paper Films For Photolithography, Ross Joseph Mazzupappa May 2015

A Process Overview Of Faux-To-Gravure And Paper Films For Photolithography, Ross Joseph Mazzupappa

Theses and Dissertations

Tradition begins with innovation. The rich and complicated history of Printmaking is shaped by invention and discovery. I see this advancement for the sole purpose to distribute knowledge and ideas to every person regardless of prosperity and status. At its core intention is the need to make art and knowledge accessible. The procedural research I have been exploring along side my artist research was designed to do just as invention in printmaking has done before. I have applied my knowledge and availability of modern technology with traditional ways print artists create. These new processes are geared to make photomechanical practices ...


Off The Charts: How To Make A Scene, Amanda Rachel Johnson May 2015

Off The Charts: How To Make A Scene, Amanda Rachel Johnson

Theses and Dissertations

This body of work explores multiple technical and aesthetic methods of representing complex statistical information in an approachable visual language, bridging the boundaries between data science, graphic design and fine arts. Ordinary data charts are combined together with other charts and diagrams and transformed in unexpected ways in order to form the basic structure of mythical landscape scenes. Line plots over time become the rising and falling curves of hills and mountains, bar charts are morphed into industrial factories on the horizon, and bubble charts become billowing smoke, a forest of trees, or a school of fish. The hope is ...


How Beautiful Is Thy Dwelling, Kate Elizabeth Allen May 2015

How Beautiful Is Thy Dwelling, Kate Elizabeth Allen

Theses and Dissertations

This work focuses on the cross-section between classic still-life art and complex personal issues. It uses traditional and nontraditional still life photography to tell individual vignettes about my life. I explore unresolved issues, which offer subtle suggestion of an experiential narrative. All of the backgrounds and objects included are intentional and represent specific places, people, and events. I allow the viewer to bring their own experiences to the photographs, by not giving them specifics of my stories. I used this work as a way for me to move past these experiences and my hope is that they might also help ...


Perception And Reception Of Complexion, Lamar Barber May 2015

Perception And Reception Of Complexion, Lamar Barber

Theses and Dissertations

Sankofa, a proverb from the Akan language of Ghana, is one attribute of Ghanaian culture that lives on in Black America. Sankofa, symbolically depicted as a bird reaching backwards to scoop an egg, translates into English as "reach back and get it."

As an autobiographical artist, I continue to "reach back" into black history. I research the biographies and autobiographies of other Black Americans--the stories that chronicle the lives of those who came before me. I research urban cultures and contemporary expressions of identity and courage. Through the creation of installation and performance art, I have learned to incorporate this ...


Happy To Be Here, Jason Lyle Renaud May 2015

Happy To Be Here, Jason Lyle Renaud

Theses and Dissertations

My sculptures, drawings, and installations deal with nature and weathering processes as metaphors for human experience.


Tilted, Halle Diane Siepman May 2015

Tilted, Halle Diane Siepman

Theses and Dissertations

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The Airliner : Capturing The Essence Of Experience In Visual Form, Justin Gray Bailey May 2015

The Airliner : Capturing The Essence Of Experience In Visual Form, Justin Gray Bailey

Theses and Dissertations

By breaking design down from a whole composed of individual parts, I work to create user experiences derived from spaces and the objects within them. These spaces and objects are brought together in their relationship with the human presence. By translating an experience into a physical environment, I, as a designer, am afforded the opportunity to introduce my own perception into the minds of others who enter the space.

In working with the idea of creating an experience as visual form, I wanted to create a space that evoked an experience we don't get in our everyday lives, a ...


Slave Castle, Thomas Edward Deaton May 2015

Slave Castle, Thomas Edward Deaton

Theses and Dissertations

The work described in this thesis is a series of narrative prints detailing the exploits of a criminally inclined religious cult. These prints encourage an open dialogue about the nature of religious practice and serve as a cautionary tale regarding absolute power and the importance of questioning authority and generally accepted beliefs.


Resting Cake Face, Ashley Dawn Heber May 2015

Resting Cake Face, Ashley Dawn Heber

Theses and Dissertations

My most recent series of paintings places specific focus on the societal struggles young women face with an emphasis on the need to constantly be viewed as attractive. I am interested in cultural taboos of women's sexuality, and body image anxiety. Layered imagery of anonymous groups of young women paired with grotesque representations of food mimic the internet bombardment so inescapable for young women today. Painted stereotypes of beauty further show the imbalance of male / female gender roles and holographic glitter as well as day glow color push the drama further. In spending time with my drawings and paintings ...


Circa, Evan Michael Mclaughlin May 2015

Circa, Evan Michael Mclaughlin

Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


You Are A Maniac And You Need To Start Changing Your Life, Kyle Adam Kalev Peets May 2015

You Are A Maniac And You Need To Start Changing Your Life, Kyle Adam Kalev Peets

Theses and Dissertations

I love you and I will always try my best.


All These Things, Derek Louis Blackman May 2015

All These Things, Derek Louis Blackman

Theses and Dissertations

This collection of work grew from a guided journey and an exploration of ideas that has not only encouraged my growth as an artist, but as a responsible citizen sharing this world with others. Over the duration of this evolution I have become increasingly attentive to what I feel is our collective manufactured existence; the things that we produce and the influence that this production has on our lives. From the built environment, material and immaterial commodities, advertising and marketing, consumption, sustainability, etc., all these continuously shifting factors act as constants in our lives and shape our psychosocial development.

To ...


Temporal Typography, Leslie-Anne Fernando Stake May 2015

Temporal Typography, Leslie-Anne Fernando Stake

Theses and Dissertations

Since the digital revolution, there has been a significant impact on how we live, work and play. For designers, it has transformed design practices and created new opportunities. However, this can bring about new problems and challenges. How can we communicate effectively in the digital age with different media and technologies advancing so rapidly? With the overload of information from tablets, smartphones, computers and television, we often start to overlook information. From research I will argue techniques that can help with us understand information in the digital realm and prove the importance of expression within visual communication.