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Home Suite Home: An Analysis Of Comfort In Americana And Motel Culture, Jodi Kolpakov 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

Home Suite Home: An Analysis Of Comfort In Americana And Motel Culture, Jodi Kolpakov

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

This essay provides a critical look at the motel, investigating it as a souvenir, exploring its nostalgic phenomenon, and questioning its complexity of comfort. We begin by looking at the evolution of the motel and how its strange stereo- type came to be. I dissect the terms “shady” and “sketchy” as both a psychological and illustrated representation of the motel while closely reading how these terms appear in other forms of media, such as Bates Motel and Bad Times at the El Royale. Through exploring nostalgic Americana, I investigate how motels connect us from the past to the pres- ent ...


A Perfect Escape: Fantasy, Place And Narrative In Adolescence, Cydney Cherepak 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

A Perfect Escape: Fantasy, Place And Narrative In Adolescence, Cydney Cherepak

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

This essay explores the realms of special places, the literary genre of fantasy, narrative, and comics. These topics are traversed alongside subjects of adolescence and the creation of stories for middle-grade readers. Framed with personal stories, as well as peaks into my process, I investigate these subjects through the lens of my own life and work, specifically my thesis project, a comic for middle-grade readers titled Beyond the Castle Walls. Beginning with adolescence in association with special places, I consider the work of developmental psychologists David Sobel and Edith Cobb as they pin-point the role of secret forts, nature, and ...


The Precarity Of Images: Sci-Fi Worldbuilding And Its Uses In Agitprop, Noah Jodice 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

The Precarity Of Images: Sci-Fi Worldbuilding And Its Uses In Agitprop, Noah Jodice

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

“The Precarity of Images” examines how theories of worldbuilding common to the science fiction genre are applied to the making of agitational propaganda for liberation movements. In doing so, it questions how both explicit and implicit political images—posters, games, comics, illustrations, social media posts—either light a pathway for making a more just world or limit our ability to imagine alternate futures.

Following the ethos of Steven Jackson’s essay “Rethinking Repair,” the paper takes the “breakdown, erosion, and decay” of images as a starting point. Images change meaning over time as our cultural connections to them shift. Strategies ...


Superficial: An Exploration Of Decoration, Fashion, Taste, Camp, And Trends, Jillian Ohl 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

Superficial: An Exploration Of Decoration, Fashion, Taste, Camp, And Trends, Jillian Ohl

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

Since the rise of consumer culture in the late 19th century, Americans have had a complicated relationship with decorative objects, the idea of taste, and the cycle of trends within our classist society. This essay examines some of the decorative objects in my childhood home such as patterned wallpaper and an antique chair as well as a contemporary brand name mascara. While these objects do not have major functional properties, their decoration and superficiality bring me joy. To better understand my appreciation of decoration and aesthetics, I assess how an object or fashion is considered in good or bad taste ...


Fictitious Ecology, Paulina Zuckerman 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

Fictitious Ecology, Paulina Zuckerman

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

My thesis project, The Mountain Fog, is a children’s picture book pitch that tells a light-hearted story of two dogs who must face an environmental disaster. In this accompanying critical essay, I break down the process of crafting a fictional relationship between author-illustrator, animal characters, and the environment. It begins through the context of J.R.R. Tolkien’s essay “On Fairy Stories,” which identifies seeing the world through two lenses - the Primary world and the Secondary world. From these terms, I navigate the idea of a fictitious ecology, an encapsulated anthropomorphic world governed by the creator’s personal ...


Meet Me In The Middle Ages: Engaging With Fantasy, Reality, And Collaborative World-Building, Amanda Greene 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

Meet Me In The Middle Ages: Engaging With Fantasy, Reality, And Collaborative World-Building, Amanda Greene

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

This critical essay accompanies and describes my thesis project, Medievalia Miscellany, a magazine for middle-grade readers which explores the world of medieval fantasy through art, comics, stories, and activities. Throughout the essay, I use my own term “archaeological upcycling” to discuss and explore a variety of relationships between ideas of parts and a whole. I then use it to characterize the way stories are created out of many different parts and how these parts help a reader to relate to both the world of the story and the world in which they live. I describe the genre of medieval fantasy ...


Because Potato, Candice Evers 2022 Washington University in St. Louis

Because Potato, Candice Evers

MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture

This thesis project explores the phenomenological qualities of the internet; asking, since the internet is difficult to grasp, what other modes of investigation might we have available? Using an investigative framework set forth by Jack Halberstam, this thesis declines to come to knowledge solely through understanding the formal, the structural, the highly visible and mainstream. The literature that I have gathered provides a range of modes for interrogating the simultaneously central and inconsequential subject of my thesis itself: the potato. Juxtaposing the physical, political and material conditions of the potato the internet’s least academic mode of knowing: the meme ...


Cultural Formation Of Place: Making Yourself At Home, Olivia Arratia 2022 Southern Methodist University

Cultural Formation Of Place: Making Yourself At Home, Olivia Arratia

Art Theses and Dissertations

The environment you grow up in can become a pivotal part of your existence. The sights, smells, people, and places you experience every day can transform the way you see the world. Growing up in a Mexican-American household has brought its own set of experiences that have made me the artist I am today. I am one of many contemporary artists building on the foundations of their heritage and the Chicano movement. I am also a Mexican-American artist expanding the identity and extending the legacy in the 21st century. This paper will investigate how Mexican-American heritage has influenced my artistic ...


Hesed: Redeemed Brokenness In A Multimedia Retelling Of The Biblical Story Of Ruth, Elizabeth R. Kijowski 2022 Olivet Nazarene University

Hesed: Redeemed Brokenness In A Multimedia Retelling Of The Biblical Story Of Ruth, Elizabeth R. Kijowski

ELAIA

Through the powerful interaction between the visual arts and music, an ancient story of brokenness and redemption is retold. This thesis seeks to give greater insight into this multimedia retelling of the biblical book of Ruth. Scholarly sources were reviewed to deepen understanding, and works from professional visual artists and musicians were examined for this project to come together. The end product is this thesis as well as a body of art and a five-movement piece of music. This combination of visual art and music allows the relevance of the biblical book of Ruth to be seen in the transforming ...


Khloris, Isabella Chen '22 2022 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Khloris, Isabella Chen '22

Heliotrope

No abstract provided.


Culture In Disney Films: A Comparative Analysis Of Color, Composition And Rhythm, Megan Paul 2022 University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Culture In Disney Films: A Comparative Analysis Of Color, Composition And Rhythm, Megan Paul

Interior Design Undergraduate Honors Theses

As a student of design, I take inspiration from everything around me. The media I consume, the places I visit, and the people I meet.By choice or not, I and my generation are subject to the various forms of pop culture, film is one of them. Film is one of few art forms which combines several methods and elements of design to produce a cohesive result, as opposed to a singular medium. This forms the connection to design thinking and is the foundation for the study.

Another critical component to pop culture is the ability to reach the masses ...


Methods In Costume And Projection Design For Theatre, Jessica Wallace 2022 Utah State University

Methods In Costume And Projection Design For Theatre, Jessica Wallace

All Graduate Plan B and other Reports

A report detailing multiple practices for theatre design in costumes and projection. It is focused on playscript analysis, the design process, and the final build of the design for production.


2d Character Design And Sculpting For Concept Development, Sidney Moore 2022 East Tennessee State University

2d Character Design And Sculpting For Concept Development, Sidney Moore

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The focus of this thesis is on the transition from 2D character design to 3D model design, and how this transition affects the appeal, fluidity, and clarity of the 2D design. The source material for this project was an original screenplay entitled The Birds Work for Bea. Three characters from the material were selected for a process including ideation, research, 2D character and style exploration, 3D sculpting, and 3D printing and finishing. This project serves as a study in all aspects of the character concept development pipeline.


Operatic Mysticisms: Mountains, Deserts, Waterscapes, Andrew Demczuk 2022 East Tennessee State University

Operatic Mysticisms: Mountains, Deserts, Waterscapes, Andrew Demczuk

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Operatic Mysticisms: Mountains, Deserts, Waterscapes examines the ways we encounter environments as readers/viewers of operas, literature, film, and sound recordings, and how each medium requires different detail-gathering techniques. Respective to the previously mentioned mediums, Sun & Sea (2017), Mount Analogue (1952), El Mar La Mar (2017), and Energy Field (2010) are analyzed by engaging with environmental media studies and invention. Reflecting the nature of each landscape—summits of mountains, aporias of deserts, and mysteries of waterscapes—an elemental approach is taken in investigating how these spaces may be noticed, internalized, recorded, and traversed by both the artist and viewer. With ...


Functionally Intense Training (F.I.T.) Multimedia Rebranding Package, Kaitlin Manger 2022 Bowling Green State University

Functionally Intense Training (F.I.T.) Multimedia Rebranding Package, Kaitlin Manger

Honors Projects

Branding and social media outreach to customers is essential to small businesses that are looking to grow their business and attract new members. This paper covers the development and production of a multimedia rebranding package that was produced for the high-intensity, CrossFit-like gym in Wapakoneta, Ohio, owned and operated by Steve Knapke, Functionally Intense Training. This gym has been open since 2013 but has no consistent social media content or branding content for the business. This project includes the deliverables of 10 videos, 20 photos, 5 graphic design templates, a new logo, and new branding guidelines. Along with the final ...


Laurier Biology Departmental Seminars Poster Colouring Book (Vol 1), Tristan A.F. Long 2022 Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurier Biology Departmental Seminars Poster Colouring Book (Vol 1), Tristan A.F. Long

Biology Faculty Publications

Departmental seminar posters are largely utilitarian affairs – who is talking?, when are they speaking?, where is the seminar? (and maybe will there will be refreshments served?). While functional, they often fail to capture the beauty and excitement of their subject matter, and may fail to engage a wider audience. As the organizer of the Wilfrid Laurier University Department of Biology seminar series in 2014, on a lark, I started drawing posters that tried to illustrate our speaker’s research in a non-conventional manner, and hopefully appeal to those that might otherwise find attending a departmental seminar intimidating. Little did I ...


Threefold Cord Practice, K. Hope Mayo 2022 Olivet Nazarene University

Threefold Cord Practice, K. Hope Mayo

TYGR: Student Art and Literary Magazine 2018-present

No abstract provided.


The Lantern, 2021-2022, Sarah Buck, Amy Litofsky, Julia Paiano, Juliana M. Valerio, Lauren Flanagan, Miles Noecker, Amelia Kunko, Isabella Almonte, Makayla Heisler, Bradley Kocher, Kate I. Foley, Jasmine Ruiz, Aurora McKee, Marie Sykes, Morgan Grabowski, Jessica Schnur, Jenna Lozzi, Tyler Ways, Kyle Guzy, Benjamin Tobias, Elliot Cetinski, Leo Cox, Ian Abrahams, Gabbie Pitt, Derek Matarazzo, Alessandra Armour, Jessica Celli, Emily Crocker, Anastasia Dziekan, Rimsha Maryam, Ryan Savage, Vanessa Worley, Jesse White, Amy Smith, Sarah Fales, Christine Heren, Emily Bradigan, Kristen Cooney, Rishabh Kancherla, Mairead McDermott, Kylie Halko 2022 Ursinus College

The Lantern, 2021-2022, Sarah Buck, Amy Litofsky, Julia Paiano, Juliana M. Valerio, Lauren Flanagan, Miles Noecker, Amelia Kunko, Isabella Almonte, Makayla Heisler, Bradley Kocher, Kate I. Foley, Jasmine Ruiz, Aurora Mckee, Marie Sykes, Morgan Grabowski, Jessica Schnur, Jenna Lozzi, Tyler Ways, Kyle Guzy, Benjamin Tobias, Elliot Cetinski, Leo Cox, Ian Abrahams, Gabbie Pitt, Derek Matarazzo, Alessandra Armour, Jessica Celli, Emily Crocker, Anastasia Dziekan, Rimsha Maryam, Ryan Savage, Vanessa Worley, Jesse White, Amy Smith, Sarah Fales, Christine Heren, Emily Bradigan, Kristen Cooney, Rishabh Kancherla, Mairead Mcdermott, Kylie Halko

The Lantern Literary Magazines, 1933 to Present

No More Buses through El Paso • A Woman's World • The Angel of Tragedy • A Victim of Circumstance • Ace of Hearts • Ghost Light • Missing Diamonds • The Upside-Down House: A Dialogue with the Self • What is Chronic Pain? • A Sunny Day in Sinkhole • Extra Marshmallows • Fourth Wall Broken • Hemlock • In the Comfort of Others • Lasting Impressions • Let's Do the Time Warp Again • One Last Afternoon • Space Invaders • The Dogwood Tree • An Ode to Poppies • Charlotte's Web • Crab • Crossing • Dandelions • Dandelion Sandwich • Grizzly Hood • Help Wanted • I Gave Way • I'm not who you wanted but maybe one day I ...


Toys Are For Adults, John Wippler 2022 Jacksonville State University

Toys Are For Adults, John Wippler

Theses

This paper explores the concept of toys, what they are and for whom they are made. The paper also provides a brief history of designer toys and pop culture, and how pop culture helped fuel the designer toy industry. The psychology of collecting is also referenced, and a direct correlation is made between the act of collecting toys and toy popularity.

The book I wrote is also mentioned and is a vital part of the purpose for the thesis. The book is an introductory guide to resin toymaking and is integral to the expansion of the designer toy community.


The Ghosts Shed Tears, Sarah Jentsch 2022 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The Ghosts Shed Tears, Sarah Jentsch

Theses, Dissertations, and Student Creative Activity, School of Art, Art History and Design

Before I was taught what made us different, I thought my brother and I were the same. The only difference between a doe and a buck was the antlers. As I grew, I noticed differences—in the way people spoke to us, in what was expected of us, in the questions we were asked. In what our futures were supposed to look like. The difference between the doe and the buck was still the antlers, but those antlers made one a trophy and the other venison.

Many of my formative experiences I came to understand through animals. My family home ...


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