Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Lisa Z. Morgan
The goal of this thesis is to create a new theoretical framework to examine and understand the meaning of an art object and its relational social existence. This thesis serves as a critique on contemporary media culture and hierarchical social oppression. At the same time, it adopts a pseudoscientific way to introduce notions of art’s autonomy and its opposition to social functionality. By merging political theories on individualism, capitalism, and metaphysics with foundational structures of art creation, I am attempting to construct a new system of thinking that challenges traditional ways of understanding mediums, functions and the viewer’s relationship with art objects. My thinking links beauty with violence as a necessary attribute to the creation of art. This argument is central to my thesis and to my theoretical framework. This book is also a formula for my own art practice and for being a good human artist. It records and inspires my life long study of aesthetics and of beauty as a metaphysical object.
Chen, Mengyu, "Neoplastic therapy : on violence and aesthetics" (2015). Masters Theses. 22.