Date of Award

Fall 12-15-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art

First Advisor

Paul Ramirez Jonas

Second Advisor

Nari Ward

Academic Program Adviser

Carey Moyer

Abstract

Healthy People are Bad For Capitalism is a four part installation that creates an alternative space for the chemicals, Red 40 and Monosodium Glutamate. Presented as a holistic center that offers healing services and remedies, Center for the Red 40 and MSG Healing explores the homeopathic doctrine of Like Cures Like (what make a human ill also cures them) through the relationship between Traditional Japanese Healing Practices, and Western Capitalism.

Healthy People are Bad For Capitalism presents Red 40 MSG Apothecary, Red 40 Zen MSG Healing Rock Garden, Theta Wave Eternal Flame Meditation and Red 40 MSG Apothecary Studio Lab in a body of work that stages the artificial food dye, Red 40, and the synthetic food additive, Monosodium Glutamate, into a fictional space that provides healing services and support for wellness and rehabilitation.

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