Date of Award

5-5-2020

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art and Design

First Advisor

Jeremy Bolen

Second Advisor

Anthony Craig Drennen

Third Advisor

Jill Frank

Fourth Advisor

Ryan Rasmussen

Abstract

My thesis work, “Endless Exuberance,” presents Food Bank, an earthwork, alongside a proposed exhibition of performance props and photographic installation. Delusions of infinite abundance permeate the work, manically proclaiming the promise that everyone can have it all. Food Bank consists of 50 cast concrete turkeys working in tandem with 5 pawpaw trees to remediate stream bank erosion. This exhibition questions whether reconciliation is possible between a sustainable planet and humanity’s love for the industrially produced bounty. That which promises us the good life became the thing that will kill us all.

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