Date of Award

Spring 5-21-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Art & Art History

First Advisor

Thomas Weaver

Second Advisor

M. Antonella Pelizzari

Academic Program Adviser

Carrie Moyer

Abstract

After-Ozymandias examines the visual rhetoric of American patriotism through its many symbols, including flags and monuments. My thesis project consists of photographs of empty plinths, objects, products and archival materials. Countless relics remain today memorializing leaders and empires that inevitably declined, from antiquity to modern times. Looking back at distant history feels like a luxury, though: the question for our time in America is whether we have the strength of mind as a society to scrutinize our history, warts and all.

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