Date of Final Oral Examination (Defense)
Type of Culminating Activity
Master of Fine Arts, Visual Arts
James Budde, M.F.A.
Dan Scott, M.F.A.
Janice L. Neri, Ph.D.
In this thesis, I will provide a brief history of consumer culture and the mechanisms by which it operates: such as the aestheticization of the factory, including the illusions that remove evidence of process from production, a propagated fear of the body, and a cultural rejection of the unfamiliar, the difficult, or the old. Connecting them to ideas in both Art and consumerism, I will poke and prod at the mythologies of progress, dematerialization, and the Orphic complex. In exploring theories of doubt and skepticism, I will suggest an alternative perspective on the body, one that considers the mouth as the entrance to the self (rather than the eyes) and personal experience as a compass for subjective direction (in the form of expression). Finally, I will explore complexity (created by depth, layers and juxtaposition), decoration, and gradient as concepts that are of both visual and conceptual concern.
Cox, Kelly F., "Fixate" (2015). Boise State University Theses and Dissertations. 952.