Date of Degree
MFA (Master of Fine Arts)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Susan C. White
Third Committee Member
As people living in 2017, what, if anything, have we come to know about art as a whole? What can we say about the artistic impulse? What is art for, and what does it stand to show us about ourselves today? In this paper, I try to address these questions, from the standpoint of both an artist and a human being. Examining art as ancient as the prehistoric cave paintings, as well as art of the present day, I discuss certain ontological traits that art-making has both lost and maintained over the years. Through Heidegger’s philosophy of Being, Tillich’s theology of New Being, and Stephen King’s depictions of the uncanny, I explore the idea that all creative acts ultimately point us back to our own mortality and finitude.
viii, 19 pages
Includes bibliographical references (page 19).
Copyright © 2017 Stephen W. Evans
Evans, Stephen W.. "Art unto death." MFA (Master of Fine Arts) thesis, University of Iowa, 2017.