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Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis-ISU Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art

First Advisor



The Pain that Love Produced examines our obsession with the warrior persona in contemporary society. I am exploring the way this fixation relates to soldiers and athletes, and how their worlds intersect. This is part of a larger conversation about race and privilege in America. My sculpture is a critique of the impact of gladiator sports and war, and the peripheral damage they cause to marginalized groups, particularly young, Black men and their families. I depict the peripheral events of conflict through dioramic arrangements and highly-representational figures which also reflect my own experiences of sports and military engagement. I am interested in the socio-political expression of sculpture from Hellenistic through present times. This propels me to consider who determines what is art and what is war.

My efforts are a mesh of allegorical imagery, color, texture and surface contrasts. I employ a method I call Neo-Maché Art. With bits of paper and ordinary glue, I use this time-extensive, laborious process to render the intricate and specific details of human anatomy to make hyper-realistic works that portray scenes from wearying events. I also experiment with assemblage to explore psychological states, deterioration, fragmentation, and the experiences of danger and intimidation. In short, a metaphorical splintering.

I am looking at the caste system of games, from players to sports fans. I want the viewer to feel the physical exertion of competition. My depictions of athletes allow others to apprehend a Black man’s state of mind every day when, or if he wakes up. My project is a story of expendability.


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