Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Brian Ulrich

Second Advisor

Sheida Soleimani

Third Advisor

Douglas Nickel


Between Gods and Animals is a multi-angle exploration of the Caucasian heteronormative male’s endless pursuit to sustain power and inability to live by their own set of codes. Using the Grecco Roman period as an origin point, this work examines the forces that have historically perpetuated the myth of masculinity. Relating past ideals of maleness to contemporary standards this thesis illuminates patriarchal structures that are systematizing masculinity while providing a space to normalize a gamut of masculines. The visual works included act as an introspective approach in accepting the complacency of my existence as a man who has operated within the created boundaries thus far.

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