Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts
Dan Scott, M.F.A.
John Francis, M.S.
Francis Fox, M.F.A.
This thesis is part of a project that includes a physical body of work in which I investigate ideas about cultural narratives and hierarchies of power. I discuss how animal imagery in the stories that we tell at multiple levels in our culture has been used to communicate societal norms and rules. Thus, the paintings explore the notion of power in contemporary culture. The language of 18th and 19th century portrait painting is employed to draw a comparison between depictions of people in power and animal stereotypes. Childhood games are utilized as a way to demonstrate how social hierarchies are constructed and ideas of power are reinforced. Games are juxtaposed with the paintings as sculptures and are included to draw a comparison between the two.
VanDeGrift, April, "HUMANIMAL" (2014). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 834.