Title

America(n)

Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Joseph Peragine

Second Advisor

Anthony Craig Drennen

Third Advisor

Matthew Sugarman

Abstract

AMERICA(N) is the exploration of entities that compose my life as an American artist that grew up in a middle-class suburban environment, and the idea of America which encompasses the great American Dream. This existential examination consists of the collecting, documenting and categorizing of information, including photographs of the houses I lived in, portraits of the dogs I have owned, as well as select lists and correspondences from the last few years. Through the accumulation of these items, I seek to analyze and derive meaning and connections amongst all of these things, which exist simultaneously with one another within a close context to my own contemporary existence. The resulting exhibition consists of photo-based paintings, prints, concrete pickets, Astroturf and found objects.

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