Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Steven B. Smith
This essay is an attempt to describe a hypnosis induced by media through the accumulation of images in everyday life starting the day I was born. Raised by television and the internet, I go through a chronological timeline of my life selecting banal memories to showcase how violence to animals became neutralized/rendered invisible. The work is primarily concerned with mental health while focused on the youth, ecological destruction, and how sensory overload keeps us from knowing ourselves. The motivation of this paper is to better understand how our environment shapes our reality by using a psychological, media theory, and cognitive science approach.
Padilla, Steffanie A., "I just can't get you out of my head : frenetic vortex, animal as image - field notes (1989-2021)" (2021). Masters Theses. 694.
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