Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Digital Media

First Advisor

Kelly Dobson

Second Advisor

Lane Myer

Third Advisor

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.



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