Date of Award

10-7-2013

Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

School of Art

First Advisor

Sarah Smelser

Abstract

Are banal and routine experiences in life less important or memory-worthy than celebratory moments that require preparation and planning, the anticipation of which is akin to emotional foreplay? What is the purpose of celebration? Is it empty, bound to disappoint, or is it ritualistic punctuation of the mundane, providing balance for the sublimity of suffering? These questions are addressed in the thesis exhibition, Eagerly Patient. The exhibition includes carriers of celebration such as cake, confetti, banners, and gifts in an attempt to understand the paradoxical hierarchy of experiential value.

Comments

Imported from ProQuest Elizabeth_ilstu_0092N_10070.pdf

Page Count

32

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